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Report: NBA Free Agency could begin November 20 or 21

The 2020 NBA Draft is set for November 18th, so this would mean free agency begins shortly after, somewhat in line with how the normal NBA calendar.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is interviewed before Game Three of the 2020 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 04, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The NBA offseason is somewhat taking shape and we’ve got some more information on when NBA Free Agency could begin. According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, 2020 NBA Free Agency could start as soon as November 20 or 21. This would only happen if the plan to start the season on December 22nd goes into effect. Right now, we don’t know when next season starts, just when the League would like it to start. The NBPA needs to approve a start date proposed by the Board of Governors. That could be tricky considering the 2019-20 season ended less than three weeks ago.

The idea for an early start to the 2020-21 season is so that the NBA can get the calendar more aligned with the normal calendar. The proposed start date of December 22nd would mean the season will have 72 games, rather than 82. This is in an attempt to allow players to participate in the 2021 Summer Olympics. If free agency starts after the draft on November 20th or 21st, it would give players around a month to decide where to play, which isn’t exactly fair. It also means players would only have about a week or so to make said decision before training camps start. There have been some rumors floating around that training camp could start December 1st if the proposed date is approved.