The news was first reported by ESPN and comes when athletes from all sports call for justice in black deaths by police. Both the league and the players' association have previously announced the goal of taking collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice.
Many past and current NBA players have posted statements, made social media posts, or written about the protests after George Floyd's death in police custody.
LeBron James posted an image on Instagram with one side showing the officer kneeling on Floyd's neck and Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the other side with the words "This … … is why" and the caption "Do you understand NOW ? ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿?
Michael Jordan wrote in a statement after Floyd's death that he was "deeply saddened, really hurt, and just plain angry."
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defended protesters in a powerful op-ed for The Los Angeles Times earlier this month.
"African Americans have been living in a burning building for many years, choking on the smoke as the flames burn closer and closer. Racism in the United States is like dust in the air. It seems invisible, even if you are drowning with it – until you let the sun in. Then you see it's everywhere, "wrote the Hall of Fame member.
The 2019-2020 NBA season will resume on July 30 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The season was suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.