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The league is zeroing in on December or January to tipoff the 2020-21 NBA regular season.

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It is finally beginning to become more apparent when we will see the Golden State Warriors play an NBA game again. The Dubs last played on March 10, when the L.A. Clippers blew them out.

Golden State finished the pandemic-shortened season 15-50 and wasn’t a part of the league’s restart in Orlando. Now, it appears the league is finalizing two proposals for when next season will begin.

Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that the NBA has submitted two plans for the Players’ Union to vote on, which will happen either Thursday evening or Friday morning.

Here are the main details from each plan:

Dec. 22 start:

– Dec. 1 training camps begin for three weeks

– Three-to-four preseason games

– 72-game regular season

– 14 back-to-back games per team

– 25 percent reduction in travel

– All-Star Break for six days in early March

– Regular season ends around May 16

– Play-in tournament for the Nos. 7-10 seeds in the Eastern and Western Conference

– Playoffs begin around May 22

– Finals finish around July 22

Jan. 18 start:

– Camp opens on Dec. 28, for three weeks

– Three-to-four preseason games

– 60-game regular season

– 12 back-to-back games per team

– 25 percent reduction in travel

– All-Star Break for six days beginning around April 9

– Regular season ends in June

– Play-in tournament for Nos. 7-10 seeds in Eastern and Western Conference

If 72 games:

– Playoff start around June 28

– Finals end around August 21-23

The NBA and NBPA hope to maintain a salary cap and tax of $109 million and $132 million, respectively.

From a Warriors’ perspective, the 60-game regular season is the best deal. With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson returning from injury, having less wear and tear will be advantageous. Though the difference is negligible, having two fewer back-to-backs will also help.

Golden State is one of the NBA’s wealthiest franchises, meaning it won’t be as impacted as the other organizations from a financial standpoint. Losing the 12 regular season games may affect the television deals, but with an empty Chase Center, the Dubs will be coming out in the red.

The Dec. 22 start date only leaves about seven weeks until the season will start. The Warriors have a ton of work to do with their roster, giving general manager Bob Myers and co. the extra time to make those critical decisions. Either way, we should have our answer soon.

When do you think the NBA season will begin?


On to some links:

NBA commissioner Adam Silver is pushing for the earlier start date. He caught up with Connor Letourneau of The SF Chronicle and shared his thoughts on why he thinks the Dubs will be back in contention next season. (h/t NBC Bay Area)

It’s the rumor that won’t go away. One Warriors insider believes the team is targeting Kelly Oubre Jr. (Bleacher Report)

Mock drafts continue to roll in ahead of Nov. 18. Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer released his latest one and while its no surprise who he has Golden State taking No. 2, it was interesting to see who he has the Charlotte Hornets taking third.

One prospect would love to be picked by the Dubs. The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss says Israeli forward Deni Avdija’s preferred destination is the Bay Area.