The NBA, shortly after setting a plan for the return of the regular season, has reset important dates into 2021. Since the season was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season and offseason activities had to be rearranged. No dates were agreed upon until Thursday.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania gave a list of confirmed dates via Twitter.
Sources: The NBA informed the Board of Governors of scheduled dates:
– Training camp: June 30, July 7 travel to Orlando
– 2019-20 season: July 31
– Free agency: Oct. 18
– 2020-21 targets: Nov. 10 training camp, Dec. 1 opening night (can remain fluid)
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 4, 2020
To summarize, the training camp before the regular season will begin again will take place from June 30 until July 7. After the training camp, the teams will travel to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida.
The regular season will begin on July 31, which will include 22 teams playing eight games to finalize the playoff bracket. The playoffs will be held, with the last possible game (a potential Game 7 of the NBA Finals) taking place on October 12.
This all means that next season and offseason will be heavily altered. While regular seasons usually start in late October, that time frame will now host the free agency window and the 2020 NBA Draft. The 2020-2021 season opening night will be pushed all the way back to December 1.
It is now unclear whether or not this will shift will affect future NBA seasons, making this the schedule for the foreseeable future. If not, then the season will need to be shortened, or the offseason will need to be heavily cut down.
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