There was a flurry of Woj bombs today as the NBA rushed to open the trade market prior to Wednesday’s draft. The league has committed to a tentative schedule, a play-in tournament for the 7th and 8th seeds in each conference, a salary cap and cap projection as well as an opportunity for either side to opt out of the collective bargaining agreement after and of the next three seasons. Here’s the first look at how it’s currently stacked up.
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
Of course, the most exciting thing to sink your teeth into is trades!
Trade season begins Monday afternoon, sources tell ESPN. Teams were informed the NBA’s moratorium will end at noon ET and deals can begin to be consummated.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 15, 2020
The defending champion Lakers got right down to business, re-tooling with Oklahoma City’s feisty house cat, Dennis Schröder. They’ll be sending the 28th pick and Danny Green to the Thunder. Surely there’s more trade lined up and teams are just waiting for the time to strike. As for trades of guys that are currently set to be Free Agents, the normal trade restrictions will remain in place.
Free agents signed this offseason cannot be traded any earlier than Feb 6; Those who are-resigned via Early or Full Bird have to wait until March 3 to be traded— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) November 15, 2020
The trade market and draft will be immediately followed by the start of free agency. For their part New York will have until the day after the draft to decide what they intend to do with the team options they hold on Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton, Wayne Ellington, Reggie Bullock and very crucially, Theo Pinson. There is the possibility of trading them between now and then. Of course, they could retain their rights just the same and this is all moot!
Whatever comes to pass, it’s being jammed into this tiny studio apartment, but our new roommates could be very exciting. Of course the big question is what does this mean for the Knicks’ craterous cap space? If ever there was a chance for a team to weaponize it, now may be the best time ever. The pot is on the stove, people. Spark up.