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Buckle up, NBA fans. After months of inactivity, you're about to get a heavy dose of basketball.

The NBA's Board of Governors approved a plan Thursday to resume the 2019-20 season under a 22-team format.

The format reportedly has each team playing eight regular-season games at Walt Disney World in Orlando to determine seeding for a 16-team playoff, which the Boston Celtics already have clinched a spot in.

So, when does the season resume, when will the NBA playoffs start and how soon will offseason events like the NBA Draft and free agency begin?

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic's Shams Charania reported several key dates Thursday on Twitter. Here's the reported rundown:

June 15: Players outside of the U.S. return to their local market.

June 21: All players report to their respective teams.

June 22: Coronavirus testing begins for players and staff.

June 30: Training camp begins for the 22 teams involved in the format.

July 7: The 22 teams travel to Orlando.

July 31: The 2019-20 season resumes with teams beginning their eight-game schedule to determine playoff seeding.

Aug. 25: The NBA Draft Lottery will be held.

 

Oct. 12: Proposed date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals (still TBD, per Wojnarowski).

Oct. 15: The 2020 NBA Draft will be held.

Oct. 18: Free agency for the 2020-21 season begins.

The NBA also is targeting a Nov. 10 start date to training camp for the 2020-21 season and a Dec. 1 start date to begin the regular season, per Charania, who noted those dates remain fluid.

That's a lot of action over the next several months, with just three days between the draft and free agency and under two months between seasons.

The NBA has been on hiatus since March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, so the league is doing everything it can to get back on track by compressing the schedule.

The Celtics were allowed to return to their team facility in Boston this week and reportedly have just over a month to shake off the rust before heading down to Orlando.