Just a few days ago, news broke that the NBA was eyeing a quick turnaround, and was shooting to open the season on Dec. 22. That led me to wonder what the best Opening Night matchup would be for the Golden State Warriors.
That’s less than two months away, as you can probably deduce on your own. Which means that if the NBA is serious about going forward with that date, they’ve got to get a move on it.
And it seems that they are. On Tuesday, it was reported that some tentative dates are being set for the start of free agency, as well as for the beginning of training camps.
With the 2020 NBA Draft coming up on Nov. 18, Marc Stein of The New York Times reports that some teams are planning for free agency to begin on Nov. 20 or 21, just a few days later.
Some teams, I'm told, are preparing for NBA free agency to begin as early as Nov. 20 or Nov. 21 -- 48 to 72 hours after the Nov. 18 NBA Draft -- if the plan to start the 2020-21 season Dec. 22 goes ahead. Further clarity is expected by week's end ...— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 27, 2020
Stein also reports that the league has been targeting Dec. 1 as the day for teams to begin their training camps, which would give franchises three weeks to get up to speed ahead before the season starts. That’s not a lot of time, but it’s pretty standard for the NBA.
Dec. 1, I'm told, has emerged as the likely opening day for NBA training camps if the league's plan to set Dec. 22 as opening night of the 2020-21 season is approved by the union— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 27, 2020
If those dates prove to be true, then that means that teams would have about 10 days to handle all of their free agency needs. That’s not a lot of time at all, and would certainly put Bob Myers on the clock to try and address the holes in the Warriors roster quickly.