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The NBA could delay the Draft and the opening of Free Agency this offseason

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The Covid-19 pandemic has altered this NBA season dramatically, if you haven’t already noticed with the NBA playoffs starting last Monday.

One delay that was to be expected was this upcoming NBA Draft and when the NBA Free agency opens.

As reported by Woj himself, the NBA has finally gotten dates down for the offseason schedule.

NBA Draft: October 16th.

NBA Free agency opens October 18th.

The NBA season is set to start on Dec.1st, but of course, delays could at anytime if need be and there is no rush in determining rosters.

With this delay, setting the salary cap and luxury-tax line will be the biggest challenge.

Those figures are based on league-wide revenue, and revenue is especially difficult to predict amid the coronavirus pandemic. A vaccine could restore normalcy during next season, or the crisis could continue throughout the league year. Who really knows.

The NBA must also audit this unusual season.

Owners and players split revenue about 50-50, but players might have gotten paid more than their share this season. 

That could mean players getting a smaller cut next season.

There is more than one option for handling the salary cap, but the best course of action would be to determine what to do next with all the information at your disposal with this pandemic.

The next NBA season will be an interesting one, to say the least.

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