It’s a time crunch the likes of which the NBA hasn’t been through before.
The 2019-20 season ended on Oct. 11 when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the championship. The 2020-21 regular season will begin in less than six weeks on Dec. 22.
Before we can get to that point, a jam-packed calendar awaits with the draft slated for Wednesday, followed by the start of free agency at 6 p.m. on Nov. 20 (free agents can begin signing at 12:01 p.m. on Nov. 22), and the opening of training camps on Dec. 1.
Just reading that makes you need to catch your breath. A whirlwind is coming and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is braced for it.
Well, at least as much as he can be.
“We’re ready, you know we’re ready for it to begin,” said Ainge. “We’re ready for the draft — we’re still trying to make some deals before the draft to improve our team. We have our list of players that we will try to pursue in free agency, but we don’t know who everyone is going to draft, we don’t know who else is interested in the same free agents that we might have. We don’t know exactly, depending on what deals that we’re able to do or not do will depend on the kind of money that we can offer…