Report: 2020-21 NBA season to start no earlier than Christmas Day originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
There’s still so much up in the air when it comes to looking ahead to the next NBA season.
As the Orlando Bubble continues to be a success with the league going months with zero positive coronavirus tests, the question on a lot of people’s minds is – But what about the 2020-21 season?
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBA has informed the Board of Governors that the 2020-21 season won't begin any earlier than Dec. 25.
NBA’s league office informed Board of Governors today that the 2020-21 season won’t begin earlier than Christmas Day, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Nov. 18 Draft date, 20-21 start date remain fluid.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 10, 2020
The league’s official timeline is still uncertain due to players’ concerns of a condensed offseason schedule and all of the financial provisions still to come as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NBA has already pushed back the NBA Draft and free agency.
The league had initially set their dates for mid-October. Yet recent reports indicate that the NBA and the NBPA have agreed to push back the draft (scheduled for Oct. 16) and free agency (Oct. 18) at least another month, per Charania. The league is now looking at Nov. 18 as the potential revised date for the draft, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
A big component for wanting to delay the draft is to allow more time for the league and players association to negotiate the new salary cap numbers for next season.
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