Report: NBA announces key dates for 2021-22 season originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease across the country, the NBA is hoping to have a return to some form of normalcy when the 2021-22 season begins.
Shams Charania of the Athletic revealed the key dates for next season.
The 2021 NBA playoffs will run until at least the middle of July and the 2021 NBA Draft is set for July 29, with free agency starting at the beginning of August. That gives teams currently competing for an NBA championship this year roughly two months before training camp opens up on Sept. 28.
The 2022 NBA Playoffs will return to its normal start date of the middle of April with the 2022 Finals ending in June instead of July.