The details are set for the 2020/21 season, and the NBA and NBPA have reached an agreement, as the coming 72-game campaign of the association will tipoff December 22nd.
That wasn't the only deal agreed, as the NBA free agency will begin November 20th. at 6pm ET. Shams Charania from The Athletic also reported the salary cap will be $109.140 million and the tax level will be $132.627 million.
The free agency will start two days after the 2020 NBA Virtual Draft. The selections will be made by Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum from the ESPN's studios at Bristol, Connecticut. The players who get selected, including many of the potential top picks, will appear virtually.
Sources: NBA free agency will start on Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. ET, signings start on Nov. 22 at 12:01 p.m. ET.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 10, 2020
For the 2020-21 season, the NBA’s salary cap will be $109.140 million and the tax level will be $132.627 million.
Besides the salary cap & luxury tax remaining the same this season as they were in 2019-20, there will be a reduction in the luxury tax bill for teams at the end of the season based off the percentage BRI decreased from initial projections during the 2020-21 season, sources said.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) November 10, 2020
The December start benefits some teams more than others. The organizations who didn't make the Orlando 'bubble' (Warriors, Hawks, Timberwolves, Knicks, Hornets, Bulls, Cavaliers & Pistons) would have rested 285 days between the last time they played a game and the new season. On the other hand, the Lakers and Heat, who played in the NBA Finals back in October, will only have 71 days.