Though the NBA season just ended, sights and sounds are pointing to another quick turnaround by the league this year.
The offseason isn’t as abbreviated as it was last year, but it is still shorter than the usual NBA summer. On Tuesday, the NBA officially announced the schedule for the 2021-22 season.
Here are the important dates to remember:
Aug. 2, 2021: Teams can begin negotiating with free agents (6 p.m. Eastern Time).
Aug. 6, 2021: Teams can sign free agents (12:01 p.m. Eastern Time).
Aug. 8-17, 2021: Summer League in Las Vegas.
Sept. 28, 2021: Training camp begins.
Oct. 19, 2021: Regular season begins.
April 10, 2022: Regular season concludes.
April 12-15, 2022: Play-in Tournament.
April 16, 2022: Playoffs begin.
June 2, 2022: NBA Finals begin.
June 19, 2022: Game 7 of NBA Finals (if necessary).
June 23, 2022: NBA Draft.
This schedule by the NBA represents a concerted effort to get back to normal by the league. It also represents that the Play-in Tournament is here to stay, despite the ample complaints by players within the league. It will once again feature teams seeded No. 7 through No. 10.
The past two seasons have harbored difficulties for the league. And the league isn’t out of the woods just yet. But, it looks like things are finally getting back to normal.
Key dates for the 2021-22 NBA season ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/nbwcIvRHZH
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) July 27, 2021
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