NBA offseason dates: Everything to know about NBA Draft, free agency and start of 2020-21 season

The NBA Draft, free agency and the start of a new season in a little over a month’s time? Yep, that’s 2020 for you.

With the “bubble” now firmly in the rearview mirror, NBA front offices have shifted their attention toward what will be a short offseason. Some players may not be excited about the quick turnaround — cough, LeBron James, cough — but the league is determined to get back on a normal calendar for the 2021-22 campaign. Oh, and there is also a lot of money at stake. That part is kind of a big deal.

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If you’re having trouble keeping track of when key events are taking place, don’t worry. We’ve got a helpful timeline below.

Here is everything you need to know about the NBA offseason.

When is the NBA Draft in 2020?

The 2020 NBA Draft will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum will announce the first- and second-round selections from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn. The event will be conducted virtually, similar to how the NFL handled its draft earlier this year.

When does NBA free agency start?

NBA free agency will kick off Friday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. ET. Teams will be permitted to contact free agents or their representatives at that time.

Players will be allowed to officially sign contracts with teams starting Sunday, Nov. 22 at 12:01 p.m. ET.

NBA season, training camp start dates

Teams will be back in gymnasiums for training camps beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1, giving them three weeks to prepare before Opening Night. 

Each team will play a 72-game schedule. The full regular season and broadcast schedules have not yet been revealed.

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