It is officially official now. The NBA and NBPA have agreed on a deal for the 2020-21 season. And it will ended be a 2020-21 season, too, as they have decided, among other things, that the new season will tip off on December 22nd. This, according to numerous reports, is said to have saved the league a lot of money, as they were staring down the possibility of losing a good chunk had they waited until the New Year to get going.
Free agency will start in less than a couple of weeks, and then teams will begin heading to training camps on December 1st. Once the season does start, it will be a 72-game season, and it will be a little more unique than previous seasons, as they will go back to the old school way of playing a ‘series’ in another town, more similar to how baseball works. This is being done so games can be played with their actual home markets while also reducing travel. While some players, you can guess which ones, will not be happy with the quick turnaround, many are pleased it will get going by Christmas and that there will be no clashes with the Olympics in Tokyo that are due to kick off in the summer of 2021.