On Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the NBA’s trade moratorium will end today at 12 p.m. ET.
In addition, there are more dates in the calendar.
The 2020-21 NBA season will start on Dec. 22 with a midseason break from Mar. 5 to Mar. 10, 2021. The regular season will end on May 16, with a play-in tournament for the No. 7-10 seeds from May 17-21. The playoffs begin on May 22 and will end as late as July 22, 2021.
Tentative schedule— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 15, 2020
December 22: Opening night.
All-Star Break (minus an ASG): 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 timeframe of the end of the season will be very tight with the start of the 2020 Olympic Games (which are still called the 2020 games for marketing reasons) in Tokyo, Japan. The games are scheduled to start on July 23 through Aug. 8. Most of the NBA’s top stars want to play for their national teams, so this could make things complicated for players who are on teams that make the 2021 NBA finals.