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The NBA's biggest stars are ready to play ball.

NBPA President and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul arranged a private conference call that included LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook.

The league has been patient about a potential return, with Commissioner Adam Silver saying a decision didn't need to be made in May. Teams were allowed to reopen facilities last week, though some organizations must remain closed for at least several more weeks based on local restrictions.

The stars on the call carry a lot of weight & though James and Antetokounmpo would have a lot to gain with a return, that's not the case with all the others. Curry and Lillard are on teams that would not currently land in the playoff field, while Durant hasn't played all season recovering from an Achilles injury.

A canceled season could have lasting effects regarding the collective bargaining agreement, so this group of high-profile players could help push the league toward a restart.

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