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:
NBA’s league office informed Board of Governors today that the 2020-21 season won’t begin earlier than Christmas Day, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Nov. 18 Draft date, 20-21 start date remain fluid.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 10, 2020
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:
In a memo to teams today, the NBA explains that pushing the draft date back from October 16 allows for a pre-draft prep and a combine, more time to gather information on the potential start date for next season, and the advancing of talks with the NBPA on CBA matters.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 9, 2020