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League Office: 2020-21 Season Won’t Start Earlier Than Christmas Day

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Key dates for next season remain fluid, the league office told the Board of Governors on Thursday.

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As the 2019-20 season winds down in Orlando, interest has turned to how the NBA will handle the 2020-21 season with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the league office has told the Board of Governors that the 2020-21 season won’t start earlier than Christmas Day. Charania also notes that key dates, like the upcoming NBA Draft, are still fluid:

Prior to beginning play at the Disney World bubble, the league’s timeline included a “likely” start date of Dec. 1 for the 2020-21 season.

Reports on Wednesday indicated that the league is targeting Nov. 18 for the draft after pushing back the previously set date of Oct. 16. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski highlighted that delaying the draft would have several benefits for the league as a whole with the 2019-20 season soon wrapping up:

The NBA Finals will begin on Sept. 30 in Orlando, with the latest possible end date being on Oct. 13.