The NBA schedule is being pushed back slightly from its standard format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that will continue through the next offseason.

Monday, NBA confirmed that free agency will begin on August 2 at 6 p.m. ET, when clubs can begin negotiating with out-of-contract players. Teams will be authorized to officially sign free agents on August 6 at 12:01 p.m. ET.

According to Tim Bontemps From ESPN, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said during the All-Star weekend last month that he hopes the league can start the 2021-22 season in October, as usual. The next NBA Finals are in July, with a potential seven game scheduled for July 22.

“I’m pretty optimistic at this point that we can get started on time,” Silver explained in March.

Bontemps added that it’s still unclear whether the NBA will host the annual Summer League after the final. The Association canceled the Summer League last year due to the pandemic and instead hosted the restart of the 2019-2020 season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

The NBA Draft takes place on July 29.