As the first game of the NBA regular season —Brooklyn vs. Golden State — approaches, there have been some tweaks to the NBA schedule which we are hereby updating. Big news is that the first half of the 2020-21 season schedule will be released sometime this afternoon. We already know when Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will play their old teams for the first time, December 22 for KD and December 25 for Kyrie. The first match-up against the Knicks, reports Stefan Bondy, will be January 13 at MSG.
Here ya go.
—December 4 - First half of NBA schedule is released.
—December 4 - WNBA Draft Lottery. The Liberty have a 44.2 percent chance of getting the overall No. 1 which this year is likely to be the 6’5” Texas center Charli Collier who like Kevin Durant wears No. 35.
—December 6 - First team workouts permitted but no more than 50 team personnel will be allowed in training facility.
—December 8 - First day players traded earlier in off-season can be moved again in multi-player deals. Applies to Landry Shamet and Bruce Brown on Nets. The rule has delayed some trades around the league from becoming official.
—December 13 - Nets vs. Wizards preseason game at Barclays Center, 6:00 p.m. First look at Kevin Durant in Nets uniform? Game on YES Network.
—December 18 - Nets vs. Celtics preseason game at TD Center in Boston, 8:00 p.m. Game on YES Network and ESPN2.
—December 19 - Last day to waive a player on a non-guaranteed contract and not incur a salary-cap charge
—December 21 - Last day for teams to sign players who are on rookie deals to extensions. Applies to Jarrett Allen. It’s also deadline for teams to extend rookie contracts on first round picks. Applies to Landry Shamet’s fourth year option. Also deadline for supermax contracts. Luwawu-Cabarrot receives $250,000 guarantee.
—December 22 - Opening night. Nets vs. Warriors. Part of a nationally televised double header to open the 2020-21 season. It’s been 561 days since KD was injured in the 2019 NBA Finals
—December 25 - Nets play the 5:00 p.m. game on Christmas Day vs. the Celtics at TD Garden.
—February 6 - Players signed in off-season can be traded. Applies to Jeff Green. Tyler Johnson cannot be traded in 2020-21 season without his permission since he was re-signed to non-Bird contract.
—February 24 - All non and partially guaranteed contracts become fully guaranteed. Applies to Luwawu-Cabarrot
—March 3 - Players re-signed via Early or Full Bird rights can be traded.
—March 4 - End of first half of regular season.
—March 5-to 10 - All-Star Break minus the All-Star Game. Game, originally scheduled for Indianapolis. The 2024 game will now be played in Indy.
—March 11 - Beginning of second half of regular season.
—March 13-to-15 - Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Springfield for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.
—March 25 - Trade deadline still needs to be finalized
—April 9 - NBA playoff eligibility deadline, aka the end of buyout season. Players waived before April 9 can still qualify for playoff rosters. After this date, no such luck.
—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??