Key dates for the NBA’s 2021 offseason, 2021-22 season

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With the NBA announcing its plans for the 2021-22 year, teams across the league now have a clear understanding of what the next 12 months will look like. Coming off more than a year of constant disruptions due to COVID-19 and the long suspension of the 2019-20 season, teams and fans are quite happy to finally have a sense of normalcy to the calendar.

For the Rockets, activities will pick up later this month. The draft combine will be significant, since Houston is poised to have three first-round picks in the 2021 draft, no matter what. However, the June 22 draft lottery will determine whether one of those selections is in the top four (a 52.1% chance), or if all are at No. 18 or below (47.9%).

There are also numerous decisions to be made for the Rockets in free agency, starting with the uncertain future of Kelly Olynyk.

Here’s a look at the league’s key dates and milestones over the next 12 months. All dates are in 2021 unless otherwise indicated:

  • July 23 to Aug. 8: Toyko Olympics (Houston players who could be involved include John Wall, Eric Gordon, and Christian Wood for the United States, and Kelly Olynyk for Canada.)

  • Sept. 28: Training camps open

  • Oct. 19: Regular season begins

  • April 16, 2022: 2021-22 playoffs start

  • June 2, 2022: NBA Finals Game 1

  • June 19, 2022: NBA Finals Game 7

  • June 23, 2022: 2022 NBA draft

Stay tuned to RocketsWire for coverage throughout the 2021 offseason.

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