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Every since the 2019-20 NBA season for suspended on March 11, the Association’s entire calendar has shaken up. That is true for every professional sports league in the era of Covid-19.
Teams have been demanding to know when the free agency will start. That is obviously because teams want to actually start preparing for it.
After already being postponed multiple times, the 2020 NBA Draft is set to be held virtually from the ESPN studios on November 18. According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, free agency will begin between 48 and 72 hours after the annual event is held.
A typical NBA offseason calendar would have free agency starting weeks after the draft. But this is not a typical calendar for the Association. The 2020-21 season is now expected to start before Christmas and includes a truncated 72-game slate.
The NBA was initially hoping to host fans for games this coming season. Only weeks after the Los Angeles Lakers earned their first title in a decade, that is highly unlikely to be the case. The United States is in the midst of the second wave of Covid-19 with projections including a dark winter for the nation.
As for the NBA and free agency, teams are already concerned that some set to hit the open market have already signed contracts discreetly. That goes far beyond the basic tampering we see around the NBA in a given year.
Unlike previous years, there is not a lot of franchise talent set to hit the NBA free-agent market once it opens next month. We are likely going to see a lot more impactful trades than signings in this year’s free agency.