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With NBA on verge of return, Jimmy Butler returns to South Florida

All NBA teams would play eight regular season games for seeding purposes.

Miami Heat v Washington Wizards Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA Board of Governors is expected to approve Adam Silver’s recommendation to restart the season Thursday. Twenty-two teams will play eight regular season games for seeding purposes before starting the playoffs.

The Heat currently stand two-and-a-half games behind the Boston Celtics for the third seed in the East, and two games ahead of the fifth-place Indiana Pacers. With eight regular season games, the Heat could not fall lower than sixth place.

Although the NBA will complete the season at a neutral site — Disney’s World Wide of Sports Complex — teams have discussed ways to give some type of advantage to teams with better records. Holding onto that fourth seed may still hold value for the Heat.

The Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang reported that Jimmy Butler returned to South Florida this week. Solomon Hill, the only Heat player who is not in the Miami area, is expected to make it back soon, Chiang said