NBA confident players will agree to December tipoff

Commissioner Adam Silver stands in front of the NBA logo.

The NBA is confident that the players’ union will agree to tip off the 2020-21 season in December, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Reports surfaced last week that the league is targeting a Dec. 22 start date.

“I don’t really think the players have much of a leveraging point here,” Windhorst said on the Hoop Collective podcast. “They’re probably going to have to agree to this.

“In talking to people on the league side this past week, they didn’t act like getting the players to agree was going to be that big of a stumbling block. I’m sure some people are going to be upset, but I’m not sure what they can do about it.”

A Dec. 22 tipoff would mean 72 days of offseason between the Game 6 of the The Finals and the start to the 2020-21 season. The NBA reportedly has also explored Jan. 18 as a potential start date.

Commissioner Adam Silver recently said he is hopeful fans will be allowed back in buildings next season.

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Sam Amico
Sam Amico is the founder and senior writer of FortyEight Minutes. He has covered the NBA on a full-time basis for OutKick, Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports, and has been a regular contributor to CBS Sports, the Boston Herald and NBA.com.

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