New NBA season tips off December 22

The NBA season will begin on December 22 after an agreement was reached with players over scheduling, salary figures and free agency dates.

The usual season-start date in October was pushed back because the coronavirus pandemic caused delays to the 2019-20 campaign.

But the NBA and its players' union have agreed a new date and a 72-game season, a reduction on a usual campaign. The agreement is yet to be approved by the league's board members.

However, the league and its players have a deal in principle that also includes a date of November 20 for when free agents can start negotiating with teams.

The 2019-20 season was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic in March and concluded in a 'bubble' environment in Orlando on October 11, four months later than the season typically ends.

The Los Angeles Lakers ended a 10-year wait for their 17th title, with Lebron James leading his team to a 4-2 finals win over his former team, the Miami Heat.



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