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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.

The 2020-21 season will comprise 72 games, beginning on Dec. 22.

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.

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