NBA trade season starts Nov. 16, other key dates announced

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The NBA’s trade moratorium will be lifted at noon ET on Nov. 16, meaning trade season begins and deals can be completed, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The league has also determined some key dates for the 2020-2021 season including the following, per Wojnarowski:

  • December 22: Opening night
  • All-Star Break (minus an All-Star Game): March 5-10
  • May 16: Regular season ends
  • May 17-to-21: Play-in tournament for 7-to-10 seeds
  • May 22: First-round playoffs
  • June 7: Conference semifinals
  • June 22: Conference Finals
  • July 8-22: NBA Finals

The play-in tournament still needs to be approved by the Board of Governors, but it is a formality, sources told Wojnarowski.

One notable date missing from this list is the trade deadline, as the exact date still needs to be finalized.

Last season’s trade deadline was Feb. 6, but it will be at a later date this season with the season starting later.

As it was previously reported, the NBA’s salary cap and luxury tax for 2020-2021 will remain the same as this past season, at $109.140 million and $132.627 million, respectively.

Another date of importance is Dec. 21, which is the last day for a player to sign a super max and rookie extension, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

This deadline is significant for Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign his extension with the Milwaukee Bucks.

It has also been reported that the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder are expected to make a trade that would send Danny Green and the No. 28 overall pick to the Thunder in exchange for Dennis Schroder.

Let the fun begin.