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The Mavericks’ fall calendar is filling up with dates for the NBA Draft and free agency in place

Donnie Nelson and company can mark their calendars for the draft and free agency.

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With the NBA gearing up for a July 31 return in the midst of societal and public health unrest, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is chugging full steam ahead informing the NBA landscape of key off-season dates.

While the NBA Draft Lottery is tentatively scheduled for August 25, per Wojnarowksi, the 2020 NBA Draft is slated for October 16, roughly six weeks before the proposed start of the 2021 NBA season.

The Dallas Mavericks currently hold their first-round pick and the Golden State Warriors’ second-round pick. Draft night could be eventful for the Mavericks. They have the option of standing pat and selecting two players or they can deal the picks in a draft night maneuver.

Wojnarowski also tweeted free agency is expected to open at 6 p.m. EST October 18 with the moratorium period occurring October 19-23. In what is likely burned in our memories forever because of the DeAndre Jordan saga in 2015, the moratorium period is when free agents can make verbal agreements with teams but cannot officially sign a contract.

Last free agency, the Mavericks, for better or for worse, saw many highly sought players come off the board and spent many days listening to Danny Green’s podcast waiting for the Kawhi Leonard domino to fall before inking Kristaps Porzingis to a max deal and filling out the roster.

Free agency looks to be busy again for the Mavericks this year. The biggest question the team is facing is whether Tim Hardaway Jr. accepts or declines his $19 million player option for next season. Everything else falls into place after that.

With this latest report, the NBA’s resumption plan is becoming more clear. All it seems fans are waiting on now are the games to actually start.