NBA Board of Governors approves Dec. 22 start for 2020-21 season
Teams can begin signing free agents on Nov. 22, followed by a 72-game campaign beginning in late December.
NEW YORK – The NBA Board of Governors today unanimously approved adjustments to certain provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020-21 NBA season will begin Tuesday, Dec. 22.
The NBA continues to negotiate with the National Basketball Players Association on other aspects of the 2020-21 season. Confirmed key dates for the upcoming season are as follows:
- Wednesday, Nov. 18 – NBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
- Friday, Nov. 20 – Free agent negotiations begin at 6 p.m. ET
- Sunday, Nov. 22 – Players can sign contracts with teams beginning at 12:01 p.m. ET
- Tuesday, Dec. 22 – Opening Night of 2020-21 season
As announced yesterday, the 2020-21 season will feature a 72-game schedule for each team.