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Clippings: The 2020-21 NBA season is a go

The league and players agreed to a modified CBA on Monday night.

Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Mark your calendars. The NBA and the Players Association have come to an agreement on a CBA for the 2020-21 season, meaning the regular season will begin on Dec. 22. Free agency will commence on Nov. 20, two days after the NBA Draft.

Per the report from ESPN, the particulars of the season follow what was rumored last week; 72 games, the same salary cap and luxury tax numbers as 2019-20, and a multi-year escrow system so that players will never have more than 20 percent of their salary withheld in a single season.

Another interesting wrinkle is that luxury tax payments will decrease proportionally with the loss in basketball-related income (BRI). For example, if the Clippers have a $20 million luxury tax payment, but BRI falls 40 percent below projection, then the tax bill would also come down 40 percent to $12 million.

The offseason will truly get underway at 3 p.m. PT on Nov. 20 with the start of free agency. There is also an expectation that the trade freeze will be lifted shortly before the draft next week.

The Clippers have several internal free agents to potentially agree to terms with (Montrezl Harrell, Marcus Morris Sr., JaMychal Green, Patrick Patterson, Reggie Jackson) before directing their attention elsewhere. The team would assuredly like to address its need at point guard while also adding a backup center should Harrell and/or Green go elsewhere.

After a seemingly unending hiatus, we’re almost back in business. This free agency period likely won’t be as monumental as last year’s was, but the drama is coming.

More news for Tuesday:

  • Steve Ballmer has been named to the NBA’s Social Justice Coalition board.