There was talk when the NBA restarted it's 2019-20 season that the 2020-21 season would then begin on Dec. 1, but that is no longer the case, according to a report by the Athletic.
The 2020-21 campaign will now start no earlier than Christmas Day with the potential it gets pushed back even further.
This is not surprising based on other recent reports which have indicated next season could start in early 2021. The NBA is working though a variety of scenarios involving its offseason dates as well, with the draft now likely to take place in November after originally being scheduled for mid-October.
As these reports continue to trickle out, it is becoming more and more clear that the league is headed for another period of uncertainty about when, how and where its future will take place. The league's shutdown in March due to the coronavirus involved a similar process and it is still unclear how the bubble experience in Orlando will be applied to the 2020-21 season; whether there will be a bubble, multiple locations or a long enough wait until fans are allowed to attend games.
All of it is very fluid, but now we know the 2020-21 season, which will feature the return of Wizards point guard John Wall, Nets star Kevin Durant and others, will not happen before Dec. 25. That will also extend the offseason at least a few more weeks after the initial expectation was for an unusually quick turnaround.