GET READY! IT’S HAPPENING NOW!
In a series of tweets Sunday morning, Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks provided some tentative dates for the 2020-21 season, starting with the end of the trade moratorium on Monday afternoon.
As of 11:00 a.m., there were still some dates outstanding. We will update as the calendar fills out.
—November 16 - Trade moratorium ends at 12:01 p.m. ET. Teams haven’t been permitted to deal contracts since the mid-February deadline so expect pent-up demand. Some trades may need to wait till free agency to be official.
—November 19 - Most team and player option deadline, 3 p.m. ET. Uncertain if that includes Garrett Temple.
—November 19 - YES Network’s “Nets Hot Stove” debuts at 7 p.m. ET
—November 20 - Free agency opens, 6:00 p.m. ET. Team can officially engage with free agents. Joe Harris is the big free agent for Nets.
—November 22 - Free agents can officially sign. 12:01 p.m. ET. Salary cap ($109.1 million) and luxury tax threshold ($132.6 million) remain the same as last season.
—November 23 - Trade exceptions that had been set to expire during moratorium will now officially expire. Nets have no such exceptions but other teams they could deal with do.
—December 1 - Training camps open
—December 11-to-19 - Preseason games. Teams can play three or four games with one home game required. Will Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving suit up?
—December 21 - Last day for teams to sign players on rookie deals to extension. Applies to Jarrett Allen. Deadline for Bucks to re-sign Giannis Antetokounmpo to super-max contract.
—December 22 - Opening night. It’s been 561 days since KD was injured in the 2019 NBA Finals
—February 6 - Players signed in off-season can be traded
—March 3 - Players re-signed via Early or Full Bird rights can be traded
—March 5-to 10 - All-Star Break minus the All-Star Game.
—March TBA - Trade deadline still needs to be finalized
—May 16 - Regular season ends
—May 17-to-21 - Play-in tournament for 7-to-10 seeds. The Nos. 7 and 8 seeds need to win win once to say in playoffs; Nos. 9 and 10 need to win twice to move up.
—May 22 - First-round playoffs begins
—June 7 - Conference semifinals
—June 22 - Conference Finals
—July 8-to-22 - NBA Finals
—July 23 - Parade in Brooklyn??
—August 1 - End of 2020-21 season