NBA targets Dec. 1 training camp start date -- report

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Posted at Oct 28 2020 09:09 AM | Updated as of Oct 28 2020 09:39 AM

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

The NBA offseason could end on December 1 under a proposed 2020-21 schedule that would include starting the regular season on Christmas Day.

Members of the NBA Board of Governors are discussing the feasibility of a short free agency period following the Nov. 18 draft with training camps starting Dec. 1, according to multiple reports.

The proposal, in part, is a response to the league's reported $1.5 billion financial shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including loss of in-stadium revenue, the costs of staging the NBA restart near Orlando and diminished additional revenue streams.

According to the New York Times, the proposal being considered includes 72 regular-season games instead of the usual 82.

The NBA was on hiatus from March 11 until mid-July, when teams in playoff contention reported to Florida. The postseason ended Oct. 11 with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the Larry O'Brien championship trophy.