The NBA also is discussing tournament and play-in scenarios, per ESPN, so there's plenty for the league to iron out.
While there are many logistical challenges involved with the coronavirus pandemic still ravaging the U.S. and in fact the rest of the world, there are some proponents in the league advocating an "early" start and a 72-game regular season to give players a chance to play in the 2021 Olympics.
A pre-Christmas start also allows the NBA's television partners - ESPN and Turner - to further realize the value of broadcast partnerships.
The NBA would prefer to play in home arenas rather than a bubble and is looking at playing a team multiple times on a trip to reduce travel.
A play-in tournament for the final playoff spot in each conference, an idea developed due to the pandemic-hit season, would continue, according to the reports.
October 30th is a deadline. Usually, the National Basketball Association opens its doors in October, but this year it would be impossible, precisely because the championship ended a few days ago. That deadline date requires the league or players' union to provide 45 days notice if either side opts to terminate the CBA. This season's NBA Finals ended on October 11, so the Heat and Lakers could basically have as little as seven weeks off. Commissioner Adam Silver has told the union that there would be at least eight weeks between an agreement and the official start of next season.
Ongoing talks are centering on increased escrow taken from players' salaries, sources said. This will give teams, agents and players more time to prepare for the financial realities of the pandemic's impact on the league.
The NBA has set the NBA Draft for November 18, with free agency expected to begin soon afterward for the 2020-2021 campaign.
This decision was made to allow greater income - with no direct competition with the Olympic Games in July and August - as well as allowing players to compete internationally, with many top stars stating their intent to participate at Tokyo 2020.