Although there is still a lot to figure out, the 2020-21 NBA season is starting to take shape.
When will the season begin?
The NBA reportedly had two dates in mind for the start of the 2020-21 season: December 22 and January 18, the latter of which is Main Luther King Jr. Day.
The National Basketball Players Association announced in a statement on November 5 that their Board of Player Representatives had “tentatively’ approved start date of December 22. That would make way for Christmas Day games, an important date on the NBA calendar.
How long will the season last?
The plan is to reportedly have a 72-game regular season, meaning the season would send before the Summer Olympics, which has been rescheduled to July 23, 2021.
When will the draft and free agency take place?
Nothing has further changed with the 2020 NBA Draft – it is still scheduled for November 18. As for free agency, nothing is known yet. While there is “some curiosity” of starting free agency before the draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that it is not possible under these circumstances.
What is the salary cap going to be?
This seems to be the question of the hour.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that NBA is aiming to have arena suits open to 25-to-50 per cent capacity for the tipoff of the 2020-21 season based on local regulations. He adds that there will be protocols on place, such as masks, social distancing and testing.
Where will the Toronto Raptors play?
The NBA’s only team of the United States might have to say up a temporary home in the United States due to complications of international travel during the coronavirus pandemic.
Several locations have been mentioned as possible destinations for the Raptors, but there have been no reports on anything being finalized.