NBA owners have decided to finish the season by holding games between July 31 and Oct. 12.
Now, the surrounding key NBA dates for training camps, free agency, NBA draft and the start of next season are filling in.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
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
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
NBA has set an August 25 Draft Lottery and October 15 Draft, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 4, 2020
The NBA’s reported tentative plan to open next season on Christmas? It was apparently pretty tentative.
A Dec. 1 start to next season would mean an incredibly short break for teams that advance deep in the playoffs. But the NBA is already spending a lot of time not playing games and making money. There’s an urgency to getting revenue flowing.
There will also be a massive disparity in time off between the eight done teams and continuing teams for the key NBA Dates. Who knows how that will affect next season? This is an unprecedented situation.
Which is a good reminder: Coronavirus can disrupt the best-laid plans.