NBA 2020-21 season to begin on 22 December


NBA 2020-21 season to begin on 22 December
John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards passes in front of Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Capital One Arena on November 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

In Summary

  • The NBA and its players' union have agreed a new date and a 72-game season - a reduction on a usual campaign.
  • The NBA season will begin on 22 December after an agreement was reached with players over scheduling, salary figures and free agency dates.

  • The usual season-start date in October was pushed back because the coronavirus pandemic caused delays to the 2019-20 campaign.

The NBA season will begin on 22 December after an agreement was reached with players over scheduling, salary figures and free agency dates.

The usual season-start date in October was pushed back because the coronavirus pandemic caused delays to the 2019-20 campaign.

But the NBA and its players’ union have agreed a new date and a 72-game season – a reduction on a usual campaign.

The agreement is yet to be approved by the league’s board members.

But the league and its players have a deal in principle that also includes a date of 20 November for when free agents can start negotiating with teams.

The 2020-21 salary cap has also been set at $109.1m (£82.8m).

The 2019-20 season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic in March and concluded in a ‘bubble’ environment in Orlando on 11 October, four months later than the season typically ends.

The Los Angeles Lakers ended a 10-year wait for their 17th NBA title, with LeBron James leading his team to a 4-2 Finals win over the Miami Heat.

With such a short time between the conclusion of the play-offs and the start of next season, there have been reports that some players – such as James – could miss the start of the new campaign in order to rest more.

-BBC Online

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