With marquee matchups on Christmas Day, the NBA has always seemed to use the national showcase as a way to relaunch their season and grab fans’ attention back from the NFL and college football. This year the NBA season may actually officially tip off on Christmas Day, as the league looks to start setting the calendar for the upcoming season. Martin Luther King Day weekend in mid-January has also been mentioned as another starting point, depending on how quickly the NBA can get the league back in motion.
The 82-game season also seems to be in question, as the NBA continues to figure out the best path forward with COVID-19 still lingering. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the All-Star Game may also be on the chopping block. “Another potential casualty of the 2020-21 season and the coronavirus, sources tell ESPN: the All-Star Game. The event is scheduled for Indianapolis. No final decision has been made.”
The NBA Board of Governors is meeting today to discuss all possible changes and options as they look ahead to the 2020-21 season. The NBA Draft is currently set to take place on November 18, and free agency should start shortly after that.
The other big issue being discussed is the upcoming season’s salary cap. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) are currently working on resetting the salary-cap numbers based on the financial projections for this next year, which will still be affected by the coronavirus pandemic and whether it looks like fans may be able to attend games in person anytime soon.
Typically, NBA teams get at least three months between the end of the NBA Finals and the start of the next season’s training camp.