Yahoo Sources: Substantial faction of players and star players pushing for NBA season to start Jan. 18 — MLK Day — with a free-agency commencement of Dec. 1.
Source: Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports (Twitter)
ANALYSIS: Despite the league pushing for a Dec. 22nd start date, there remains to be a lot of work that needs to get done between the league and the union. While the NBA wants a Dec. 22nd start date, the players union is pushing for an MLK Day start date, which would give players and teams a more realistic turn around time from the bubble to next season.
There is expected to be plenty of conversation between the two sides in the coming weeks as they try to come up with a plan for the 2020-21 season. Shams Charania of The Athletic also reported that the NBA restart proposal will not be rushed and both sides are not expected to reach a decision by the end of the week, which was the proposed deadline to come to an agreement.