NBA, NBPA Agree to Push Back Draft, Free Agency, 2020-21 Season
Nothing is set in stone as the NBA continues to navigate its way through the global pandemic.
On Tuesday, the NBA and NBPA agreed to push back important upcoming dates on the league calendar, including the Draft, which was set for October 16th, the October 18th start date of free agency, and the start of the 2020-21 season. Next season was set to begin on December 1st.
New dates have yet to be finalized.
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While there is uncertainty on when free agency and next season will begin, the league still plans to hold its draft in October. Due to the big financial losses the NBA has faced due to COVID0-19, the league hopes to welcome fans back to games next year, and is therefore willing to push back the start date even to February or March.
“Our number one goal is to get fans back in our arenas,” Commissioner Adam Silver said. “My sense is, in working with the Players Association, if we could push back even a little longer and increase the likelihood of having fans in arenas, that’s what we would be targeting.”
The plan for now is simple. Finish the postseason and worry about everything else later.
Future problems are for the future.