NBPA: November For Draft; Early December For Free Agency
While the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat are in a heated battle in the 2020 NBA Finals and giving us the best Bitcoin NBA odds now, the league and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced the official date for the 2020 NBA Draft.
Both organizations agreed upon a November 18 date for the 2020 NBA Draft, but the union is pushing for early December as the free agency period. The NBA still needs to iron out some important details, such as salary cup, logistics, the official start of the free agency, and the start time of the 2020-21 NBA season before making a decision.
Regarding the salary cup, Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, said in an interview with The Athletic that the numbers haven’t been finalized. Robers assured the public that a lower cap figure may not be the case for the next season. Instead, the problem lies in figuring out the details leading to the salary cap.
“I think we’re going to get to a mutually acceptable result, but it’s going to take time. We haven’t done our BRI (basketball-related income) audits. We haven’t set a salary cap, we haven’t set a tax. We had a projected BRI, which I think teams appropriately planned for. I don’t think we can deviate much from where we projected the cap to be [$115 million, latest projection]… Frankly, I think that’s going to be one of the easier negotiations, figuring out a cap,” Roberts said.
For the free agency period, Roberts and the organization aim to offer flexibility in building teams for the future. The public, however, shouldn’t expect that the NBA would allow the transaction period to go beyond December 1. As for what the 2020-21 season would look like, here’s what Roberts had to say on behalf of the NBPA:
“The latter part of January, February makes sense. If it’s later than that, if we have a terrible winter because the virus decides to reassert herself, that’s fine. The absolute earliest would be January, and that’s doable.”
Despite some uncertainties, the target dates are favorable for players, franchises, and fans. Expect more announcements from both the NBA and NBPA soon. In the meantime, keep an eye on the 2020 NBA Finals. The Lakers will face the Miami Heat for Game 5 on Friday, October 9, 9 P.M. ET. The Lakers see Game 5 as a potential ‘finisher’—only one step away from the 2020 NBA Championship title.