NBA Trade News 2020-21: The NBA Board of Governors have set the official date for Trade Deadline for the 2020-21 NBA season.
NBA Board of Governors are approving a March 25 trade deadline, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 17, 2020
That will be roughly three months after the regular season tips off Dec. 22 and will fall three weeks beyond the halfway mark of the campaign. The NBA outlined March 4 as the final day of the first half, with the All-Star break extending to March 10.
While the 2020-21 season will be slightly shortened to a 72-game slate in order to keep the timing on track for the following season, this window gives teams more than enough chances to see how their current rosters fare out against competition before needing to complete a trade.
The Board of Governors met on Thursday to also address a number of topics from extending the active rosters for games to permanently putting the coach’s challenge in play, which will surely have some additional rules pertaining to it this season.
After several meetings between the NBA and the NBPA, it was announced on the 9th of November that the NBA 2020-21 season will have its opening night on the 22nd of December. The NBA season will have a preseason that will start on the 11th of Nov.
This will help Turner broadcast the opening fixture on a Tuesday and ESPN to display 5 matches on Christmas.
Although the LA Lakers and Miami Heat will have the shortest offseason, the players understand that it is best for business. A delay in start would have cost the NBA $500 million.
NBA 2020-21 Schedule: The tentative NBA schedule calendar for the 2020-21 season:
• Dec. 11-19, 2020: Preseason games
• Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021: First Half of regular season
• March 5-10, 2021: All-Star break
• March 11 – May 16, 2021: Second Half of regular season
• May 18-21, 2021: Play-In Tournament
• May 22 – July 22, 2021: 2021 NBA Playoffs