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The 2019–20 NBA season will be the 74th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season will begin on October 22, 2019 and will end on April 15, 2020. The playoffs will begin on April 18, 2020, and will end with the NBA Finals in June 2020. The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 16, 2020, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. On October 22, the Toronto Raptors, who are the defending champions, will host the championship ring ceremony and play against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Scotiabank Arena, where Zion Williamson will make his debut in the NBA, followed by the 2019 Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, and the Los Angeles Clippers hosting the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

2019–20 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
DurationOctober 22, 2019 – April 15, 2020
April 18 – May/June 2020 (Playoffs)
June 2020 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Top draft pickZion Williamson
Picked byNew Orleans Pelicans
Regular season
NBA seasons




  • In September 2018, Dwyane Wade announced his intentions to retire from the NBA at the end of the 2018–19 season. Wade played his 16 seasons with the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers franchises, winning three championships with the Heat in 2006, 2012 and 2013. Wade is believed by many as the greatest Miami Heat player of all time.[1]
  • On March 1, 2019, Channing Frye announced his retirement from the NBA. Frye played 13 seasons in the NBA, winning one championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.[2]
  • On April 9, 2019, Dirk Nowitzki announced his retirement from the NBA. Nowitzki played all his 21 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks franchise, winning one championship and Finals MVP with the Mavericks in 2011.[3]
  • On June 5, 2019, Vince Carter announced his intentions to retire after the 2019–20 season. Carter played for eight franchises during a record 22-year career in the NBA, and is set to become the first player ever to play in 4 different decades. Believed by many as the greatest Toronto Raptor/dunker of all time, Carter is the last remaining active player to have been drafted and played in the 1990s.[4]
  • On June 10, 2019, Tony Parker announced his retirement from the NBA. He played 18 seasons in the NBA and was a four-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs.[5]
  • On June 28, 2019, Darren Collison announced his retirement from the NBA. He played for 5 franchises during his 10 year NBA career.[6]

Free agencyEdit

Free agency negotiations began on June 30, 2019 at 6 p.m. ET, unlike July 1st from previous seasons.[7]

Players officially signed after the July moratorium on July 6 at 12 p.m. ET.

Coaching changesEdit

Coaching changes
Team 2018–19 season 2019–20 season
Cleveland Cavaliers Larry Drew John Beilein
Los Angeles Lakers Luke Walton Frank Vogel
Memphis Grizzlies J. B. Bickerstaff Taylor Jenkins
Phoenix Suns Igor Kokoškov Monty Williams
Sacramento Kings Dave Joerger Luke Walton



The preseason will begin on September 30, 2019 and will end on October 18, 2019.

International gamesEdit

The Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings will play two preseason games at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium in Mumbai, India on October 4 and 5, 2019.[21]

The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets will play two preseason games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City, Japan on October 8 and 10, 2019.[22]

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets will play two preseason games in China, in Shanghai on October 10 and in Shenzhen on October 12.[23]

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks will play one preseason game in Canada, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on October 17.[24]

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season will begin on October 22, 2019 and will end on April 15, 2020. The entire schedule was released on August 12, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. ET.[25]

By conferenceEdit

International gamesEdit

On March 28, 2019, the NBA announced that the Charlotte Hornets and the Milwaukee Bucks will play at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France on January 24, 2020.[26]

On June 7, 2019, the NBA announced that the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs would play at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, marking the first time that four NBA teams will play in Mexico City in one regular season. The Mavericks and Pistons will play on December 12, 2019, and the Spurs and Suns will play on December 14, 2019.[27]



This will be the fourth year of the current nine-year contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.

Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the Fox Sports Regional Networks were required to be sold off to third parties by June 18, 2019.[31] Fox also invoked a clause to give Yankee Global Enterprises the rights to buy their stake back in the YES Network, which airs the local broadcasts to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.[32] Including YES, the Fox Sports Regional Networks hold the local TV rights to a combined total of 44 NHL, NBA, and MLB teams.[33] On March 8, YES was sold to a consortium including Yankee Global Enterprises, Amazon, and Sinclair Broadcast Group for $3.5 billion.[34] Then on May 3, Sinclair and Entertainment Studios agreed to purchase the rest of the Fox Sports Regional Networks.[35]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Reynolds, Tim (September 24, 2018). "Dwyane Wade's last dance with Miami Heat begins". Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Frye to retire at end of Cavaliers' season". March 2, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Nowitzki officially announces retirement". April 9, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Cwik, Chris (June 5, 2019). "Vince Carter announces he will retire after next season". Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Spears, Marc J. (10 June 2019). "'I can't be Tony Parker anymore'". The Undefeated. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "Darren Collison: 'I have decided to retire from the NBA'". June 28, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "Free agent negotiation period moved up to June 30". May 24, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  8. ^ "Cavs and Larry Drew Mutually Agree to Pursue Others Paths". April 11, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies announce restructuring of basketball operations department". April 11, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  10. ^ "Dave Joerger Relieved as Kings Head Coach". April 11, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  11. ^ "Joerger done in Sacramento after three seasons". April 11, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  12. ^ "Los Angeles Lakers and Luke Walton Mutually Agree to Part Ways". April 12, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "Kings Announce Luke Walton as Head Coach". April 14, 2019. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  14. ^ Cunningham, Cody (April 22, 2019). "Phoenix Suns Relieve Igor Kokoškov Of Head Coaching Duties". Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  15. ^ "Suns fire Igor Kokoskov after one year". April 23, 2019. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  16. ^ Marshall, John (May 3, 2019). "Williams agrees to deal to become Suns coach". Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "Suns agree to terms with Monty Williams to become new head coach". May 3, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  18. ^ "Cavs Name John Beilein As New Head Coach". May 13, 2019. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  19. ^ "Lakers Announce Hiring of Frank Vogel as Head Coach". May 13, 2019. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  20. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies name Taylor Jenkins head coach". June 11, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  21. ^ "NBA to play first-ever games in India". December 20, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  22. ^ "Raptors to Play in 2019-20 NBA Preseason Games in Japan". March 14, 2019. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  23. ^ "Lakers, Nets to play in 13th edition of NBA China Games". January 7, 2019. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  24. ^
  25. ^ "The NBA will announce its complete game and national television schedules for the 2019-20 regular season on Monday, Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. ET". August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  26. ^ "NBA to play first-ever regular season game in Paris". March 28, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  27. ^ "Mavs, Pistons, Suns, Spurs to participate in NBA Mexico City Games 2019". June 7, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  28. ^ "Warriors Announce First Preseason Game at Chase Center".
  29. ^ "Golden State Warriors Announce 2019-20 Season Schedule". August 12, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  30. ^ Withers, Tom (April 9, 2019). "Cavs' arena renamed Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse". Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  31. ^ "Fox Regional Sports Network sale nears conclusion as final round bids come due April 15". Fox Business. March 25, 2019.
  32. ^ Soshnick, Scott (June 14, 2018). "Yankees Consider Buying Back YES If Fox Sells Assets". Bloomberg L.P. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  33. ^ "Five Potential Buyers for Fox's 22 Regional Sports Networks". July 12, 2018.
  34. ^ Hayes, Dade (March 8, 2019). "YES Network Sold For $3.5B To Yankees, Amazon, Sinclair, Private Equity". Deadline Hollywood.
  35. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (May 3, 2019). "Sinclair Clinches Disney-Regional Sports Networks Deal, Byron Allen Joins as Partner". Variety.

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