Latest info on key 2020 NBA offseason dates after NBA Finals


An NBA season unlike any other is in the books. Next up? An NBA offseason like any other.

The months-long delay in the 2019-20 NBA campaign means we won't have our traditional free agency fireworks around the Fourth of July or draft drama in late June.

Instead, the two tentpole events of the 2020 NBA offseason will be held in late fall and early winter, a time usually reserved for regular season games.

The NBA initially hoped to hold the 2020 NBA Draft on Oct. 16 and have free agency begin a week later. The league has pushed back those dates, though, as NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently predicted the regular season may not begin until January 2021.

So, what's the latest timeline for this unprecedented free agency? Here's what we know at the moment.

November 18: 2020 NBA Draft

TBA: NBA free agency negotiating period begins

One day after negotiating period opens: Restricted free agents can sign offer sheets; teams can agree to rookie-scale extensions

Five days after negotiating period opens: Free-agent signing period officially begins; teams can make deals official

TBA: Training camps open

TBA (Likely in 2021): 2020-21 NBA season begins