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Report: 2020-21 NBA Season, 2020 NBA Draft, and Free Agency Pushed Back

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NBA fans will have to wait a little longer to see what their favorite teams will do this offseason.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that "the NBA and NBPA have agreed to push back key dates such as Oct. 16 draft, Oct. 18 free agency and 2020-21 season." 

To what date the NBA and NBAPA decide to reschedule these dates to remains to be seen but the draft will remain in October. 

Originally, the 2020-21 season was going to begin on December 1, but NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stated at the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery it was looking unlikely.

"December 1, now that we're working through this season, is feeling a little bit early to me," Silver told ESPN's Rachel Nichols. "Our number one goal is to get fans back in our arenas. My sense is, in working with the Player's Association, if we could push back even a little longer and increase the likelihood of having fans in arenas, that's what we would be targeting."

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With free agency being pushed back, it appears almost certain that Trevor Ariza will have his 2020-21 salary guaranteed considering his guarantee date is October 18. He has $1.8 million guaranteed for next season with $11 million non-guaranteed. 

On August 20, the NBA Player's Association told its members to prepare for the delay of free agency so the league and NBAPA can negotiate changes to the 2020-21 salary-cap and luxury-tax thresholds given the unforeseen drop off in revenue because of the pandemic, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.