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NBA 2016-17 Season Key Dates and Schedule

  • The 2016-17 NBA season opens on October 25
  • 30 teams will compete for the prestigious title
  • The Cavaliers are the defending champions

The 2016-17 NBA season promises to another exciting competition to remember. 

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The regular season won't open until October but several events are lined up in the offseason beginning with the NBA Rookie Draft. The annual exercise will take place in Brooklyn on June 23. 

Teams that performed poorly in the past season will have a chance to beef up for the upcoming season by picking the best collegiate and international players available. 

On July 1, the free agency negotiations begin and teams can sign players starting July 5. Among the most sought-after free agents are Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks, Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors. 

LeBron James is expected to sign a fresh deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers after leading the team to their first ever NBA title recently. Expect also blockbuster trades during the offseason. 

The NBA preseason, meanwhile, will be held from October 4 to 21. The regular season gets underway on October 25 and will run until April 12 with the 2017 NBA All-Star Game taking place at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on February 19.

Each team will play a total of 82 games in the regular season and the top eight teams in each conference will qualify for the playoffs. All playoff games from the first round to the finals will be a best-of-seven affair.

A total of 30 teams - 15 each in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference - compete for the prestigious Larry O'Brien Trophy each season.

The Cavaliers are the defending champions after defeating the Golden State Warriors in seven games.

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