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NBA free agency set to begin two days after 2020 Draft

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2020-21 NBA season is starting to take shape–not even two months after a champion was crowned.

Late Monday night, news broke that the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association agreed in principle to amend the current collective bargaining agreement and begin the upcoming season on Dec. 22 with free agency set to start two days after the Nov. 18 Draft. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim Bontemps first reported the news.

Earlier on Tuesday night, Woj reported that the NBA’s Board of Governors voted to approve the amended CBA.

This past Friday, both the NBA and NBPA agreed to start the new season on Dec. 22 with a shortened 72-game season and training camps beginning on Dec. 1. The expectation was that free agency would open up sometime shortly after the Draft, and now we have an official start time of 6 p.m. EST on Nov. 20. All signings can not be made official until 12:01 p.m. on Nov. 22.

The salary cap figures to remain the same as the 2019-20 season, set at $109.1 million with a luxury tax of $132.6 million.

For members of the BBNBA, there are as many as 10 former Kentucky Wildcats who could hit the open market in the next 10 days. Reigning NBA Champion Anthony Davis highlights the group, although many anticipate he will return to the Los Angeles Lakers on a maximum contract. Rajon Rondo, Enes Kanter, and Nerlens Noel could all receive decent interest from various NBA teams once the clock strikes 6:00 next Thursday.

It’s going to be an incredibly quick turnaround for most teams and a long-awaited arrival for the rest. Either way, we’re going to get even MORE basketball this winter.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR