NBA commissioner Adam Silver shed some light on the situation for the upcoming 2020-21 season. With the current season close to being over, Silver talked to CNN’s Bob Costas and mentioned that his “best guess” is that the 2020-21 season will start in January at the earliest. So it would look like that’s the timeline we’re working with considering the 2020 NBA Draft was pushed back to November and free agency generally takes a few months to get through.
As I mentioned above, the draft will be on November 18th due to a pushback for the pre-draft process to be more normalized. Had the draft taken place on October 16th, that would leave basically no time for teams to get a sense of the prospects through the combine and pre-draft interview process. We don’t yet know what the deal is with NBA free agency and when that period will begin. Normally, the draft takes place at the end of June and free agency begins the first week of July. So there’s a chance free agency will begin in late November or early December.