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NBPA Reportedly Told Players Starting 2020-21 Season on Dec. 1 Is 'Unlikely'

NBPA Reportedly Told Players Starting 2020-21 Season on Dec. 1 Is 'Unlikely'

The campaign may last as late as October 12, which is when Game 7 of the NBA Finals is tentatively scheduled.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA is looking toward a tentative start date of Dec. 1 with a Nov. 10 training camp date, but Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic reported that the NBPA told its players on a call a Dec. 1 start is "unlikely" and would be negotiated.

Regarding the proposed 2020-21 NBA timeline, NBPA director Michele Roberts told Wojnarowski that she "was surprised to see it."

That date would provide hope that the 2020-21 season ends in the early summer, giving the league enough time to get back on its regular schedule track for 2021-22.

The NBPA would have to approve such calendar year changes, per Wojnarowski, so a shutdown there on the players' union end would lead to the league heading back to the drawing board.

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