The NBA and NBPA have agreed in principle to a 72-game regular-season that will begin on December 22nd with negotiations to various provisions in the current collective bargaining agreement affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The league’s Board of Governors will vote on all terms at an undisclosed date, and barring an objection, Free Agency negotiations will start at 6 PM ET on November 20, with new signings eligible to become official on November 22 at 12:01 PM ET.
Other important information in the NBA’s Monday night press release includes potential player salary reductions in line with a new system for basketball-related income and a $109M Salary Cap for the 2020-2021 season with a roughly $132M Tax Level.
While the NBA didn’t announce a regular-season or broadcast schedule, ESPN Senior Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports the transaction window for trades and contract options could commence two to three days before the 2020 NBA Draft on November 18th.
Talks on opening the NBA’s transaction window — trades, contract opt-ins and outs, etc. — are progressing toward firming a date two or three days prior to the November 18 draft, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 10, 2020
Between DeMar DeRozan, Derrick White, Trey Lyles, Chimezie Metu, Jakob Poeltl, Drew Eubanks, Quinndary Weatherspoon, Bryn Forbes, and Marco Belinelli, the Spurs are faced with managing decisions regarding more than half of their roster.
As if handling player options, extensions, contract guarantees, qualifying offers, and expiring deals weren’t tough enough during a traditional offseason, this offseason is shaping up to be historically short, giving teams across the league a matter of weeks to make crucial choices.