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NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: The 2017 NBA All-Star logo is seen on a net prior to the 2017 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at Smoothie King Center on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

The NBA is now looking at a Dec. 22 start of the 2020-21 season, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

“Dec. 1, I’m told, has emerged as the likely opening day for NBA training camps if the league’s plan to set Dec. 22 as opening night of the 2020-21 season is approved by the union,” Stein tweeted late Monday night.

The new date would be about a month earlier than the latest projected start date, which was focused on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 18, 2021). And with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the title back on Oct. 12, a Dec. 1 training camp opening would give the NBA what amounts to a mere 49-day offseason.

The good news for NBA teams, from those on the sidelines since March and those dealing with a truncated-to-hell offseason, is that the league has reportedly informed teams that the cap will not dip below $109 million in 2020-21.

The Celtics, of course, have their decisions to make when it comes to their 2020-21, with Gordon Hayward’s uncertain future looming over the club, and a potential super-max contract for Jayson Tatum coming due.

The NBA offseason truly begins with the 2020 NBA Draft, which is set for Nov. 18.

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