The NBA’s trade, draft and free agency periods open in full force this week. Prior to the start of those activities, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski delivered the details on the entire 2020-21 season in a rapid-fire Twitter session.
First, Wojnarowski confirmed that teams will have the opportunity to start completing trades on Monday.
Trade season begins Monday afternoon, sources tell ESPN. Teams were informed the NBA’s moratorium will end at noon ET and deals can begin to be consummated.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 15, 2020
Wojnarowski also confirmed that the salary cap will remain the same for the upcoming season, but he did deliver an updated projection for the years ahead.
Sources: Projected future salary cap and tax. 2021-2022: $112.M and $136.6M; 2022-2023: $115.7M and $140M and 2023-2024: $119.2M and $144.9M— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 15, 2020
With salary projections and trade windows out of the way, Wojnarowski provided a brief overview of the entire 2020-21 season.
Tentative schedule— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 15, 2020
December 22: Opening night.
All-Star Break (minus an ASG): March 5-10
May 16: Regular season ends
May 17-to-21: Play-in tournament for 7-to-10 seeds.
May 22: First-round playoffs
June 7: Conference semifinals
June 22: Conference Finals
July 8-22: NBA Finals
He also explained that the NBA’s new play-in format still has to be approved, but it appears that is just a formality at this point. Finally, Wojnarowski pointed out that the NBPA and NBA have the option to terminate the amended CBA at the conclusion of both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.