What’s next for the NBA? Uncertainty surrounds draft, free agency and next season

At this point, the NBA’s league office, team offices and players would like to take a vacation.

The NBA just concluded the 2019-20 season, which lasted an additional three months in a campus bubble after the league suspended operations for four months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, the NBA must address various questions. When will free agency start? What about the season? Will it take place in home arenas with or without fans?

“I don’t know the answer to most of your questions,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a news conference on the eve of the NBA Finals.

Here is a rundown of the key issues the league is facing.

When does the NBA draft start?

The NBA will hold a virtual draft on Nov. 18 with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets holding the top three picks, respectively.

Because the college basketball season was cut short during the pandemic, NBA teams have relied more on regular-season game footage and Zoom interviews.

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