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NBPA Exec Dir Roberts Concerned Over '20-21 Training Timeline

NBPA Exec Dir Michele Roberts expressed "concern over the NBA's tentative timeline to open training camps for the 2020-21 season on Nov. 10 -- less than a month after the proposed end of the NBA Finals in Orlando," according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com. Roberts on Thursday said, "I was surprised to see it." Sources said that the NBA's revised dates include the "start of training camp on Nov. 10 and opening night on Dec. 1." Looming negotiations on a long list of '20-21 financial and competitive issues "will include the league's hopes of starting next season with such a tight turnaround after the season's Finals in October." Changes to the league calendar "would be among the items that have to be collectively bargained with the NBPA." Sources said that the NBA and NBPA "recently reached an agreement to extend until September the original 60-day window that preserves the league's right to terminate the collective bargaining agreement in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic" (ESPN.com, 6/4).