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NBA Free Agency will start on August 2

The NBA is continuing it’s gradual transition back to a normal calendar after a pandemic-interrupted 2019-20 season that finished up with an NBA Finals last fall. That later-than-normal end required a 73-day offseason to get back on track for 2020-21, and the next step forward will be 2021 free agency taking place in August, after the 2020 version took place in November.

On Monday, the league announced that teams can start talking to players on Aug. 2, and begin officially inking contracts on Aug. 6:

Here is everything you need to know about what this means from a Lakers perspective.