While the NBA's economic position has weakened due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the probability of playing the 20-21 season without the revenue that comes from fans in attendance, the league's guaranteed television deals will provide an influx of capital.

"There's cash flow," a team president said. "With TV deals, teams should have over $100 million [each] coming in. We should be able to fund the season."

The ability for teams to weather less money coming in from both their own sources and revenue sharing may be different on a case-by-case basis. 

"Well-run teams have rainy-day funds and credit available," a league executive told ESPN.