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Important Dates For The 2013/14 NBA Season

The NBA’s 2013/14 regular season and preseason schedules were announced earlier this month, but for our purposes at Hoops Rumors, the dates that were unveiled by the league today are more noteworthy (hat tip to Hardwood Paroxysm). Here’s a list of a few of the more important days on the NBA’s 2013/14 calendar, including ones announced today and ones we already knew about:

August 31: Last day for teams to release players using the stretch provision.

September 6: Second-round draft picks become free agents if not tendered a contract offer.
September 27
: Media day for teams playing preseason games overseas.
September 30: Media day for the rest of the NBA’s teams.

October 28: Last day of the offseason. Roster size reduced to 15-player maximum (from 20). Last day to make sign-and-trade transactions, and last day to waive non-guaranteed summer contracts.
October 31
: Last day rookie scale contracts can be extended, and last day option years on rookie contracts for the 2014/15 season can be exercised.

December 15: Most players who signed new contracts this offseason (on or before September 15th) can be traded as of this date.

January 6: Teams can begin signing players to 10-day contracts.
January 10
: Players still on non-guaranteed contracts have their contracts guaranteed for the remainder of the season. Players must clear waivers by this date to avoid having their deals guaranteed.
January 15
: Players with Bird or Early Bird rights who re-signed with their own over-the-cap team (on or before October 15th) and received at least a 20% raise can be traded as of this date. For instance, Tiago Splitter would be eligible to be dealt as of January 15th, rather than December 15th.

February 14-16: All-Star weekend in New Orleans.
February 20: Trade deadline.

March 1: Players released after this date are ineligible for the postseason if they sign with a new team.

April 16: Last day of regular season. Last day players can sign contracts for 2013/14. Luxury tax figures are determined using team salary on this day.

May 20: Draft lottery.

June 26: 2014 NBA draft.

Larry Coon’s Salary Cap FAQ was used in the creation of this post.

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