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Going over key dates leading up to start of 2020-21 NBA season [UPDATE]

We go over some key dates for the 2020-21 NBA season, including free agency, training camp and the season opener.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers leaves the arena after winning Game Six of the NBA Finals on October 11, 2020 at AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA and NBPA came to an agreement late Monday night that amended the collective bargaining agreement, hammering out all the key dates for the 2020-21 NBA season. After a year-long wait to crown a champion in October, the NBA was looking for a quick turnaround to try and salvage revenue for the 2020-21 season. The quick turnaround will allow for more of a normalized calendar, which will include a 72-game season and potentially another play-in tournament like in the NBA bubble this past season.

So now that all of these details have been finalized, we can look ahead to the 2020-21 season. Here is a list of all the key dates to keep in mind:

Nov. 18 — 2020 NBA Draft, 7 p.m. ET ESPN headquarters
Nov. 20 — NBA free agency begins at 6 p.m. ET
Nov. 22 — Moratorium period lifted, players allowed to sign (12:01 p.m. ET)
Dec. 1 — Training camp begins
Dec. 22 — Opening night
March 5-10 — All-Star Break (no game)
May 16 — Regular season ends
May 17-21 — Play-in tournament for 7-10 seeds
May 22 — First round of playoffs
June 7 — Second round of playoffs
June 22 — Conference Finals
July 8-22 — NBA Finals

Note: The freeze on transactions is expected to be lifted 2-3 days prior to the NBA Draft. Teams will be allowed to make trades, contract opt-ins and opt-outs, etc.