Teams expect free agency to begin in days after NBA draft

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Some teams are preparing for NBA free agency to begin as early as Nov. 20 or Nov. 21, which is 48 to 72 hours after the Nov. 18 NBA Draft.

This is due to the possible proposed plan of having the 2020-2021 NBA season start on Dec. 22, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Further clarity is expected by this week’s end, Stein adds.

It was originally believed that the NBA would push back the start of next season into 2021 and free agency would begin around the end of November or even as late as Dec. 1.

That is no longer an option with the NBA targeting Dec. 1 for the start of training camps.

The Dec. 22 start date is still just an idea, as the NBPA has yet to approve it.

With the uncertainty surrounding when free agency will officially begin, there have been rumors that some free agents already have new deals.