Some NBA training camps open Saturday and the rest open a week from a day, as action for the 2015/16 season is about to start. With just one date on our Key 2015 Offseason Dates still to come, we’ll look ahead. Here’s a glance at the deadlines and events that will influence player movement for the next several months across the league:
September 26th — Training camp begins for Celtics, Clippers, Hornets, Magic.
September 29th — Training camp begins for all other teams.
October 1st — Last day for restricted free agents to accept qualifying offers, unless the team chooses to extend the deadline.
October 24th — Last day to waive summer contracts without them counting toward team salary.
October 26th — Roster limit declines from 20 to 15; Last day for sign-and-trades.
October 27th — Opening night.
November 2nd — Deadline for rookie scale extensions; deadline to exercise rookie scale team options for 2016/17. (The deadline is normally October 31st, but because October 31st is a Saturday this year, the deadline falls on the next business day.)
December 15th — Most offseason signees become eligible for inclusion in trades.
January 5th — First day teams can sign players to 10-day contracts.
January 7th — Last day to waive non-guaranteed contracts before they become guaranteed for the rest of the season.
January 15th — Last day to apply for a disabled player exception.
February 1st — First day former first-round picks playing overseas may sign for the 2016/17 season.
February 14th — All-Star Game in Toronto.
February 18th — Trade deadline (2:00pm Central).
February 29th — Last day for contract renegotiations.
March 1st — Last day that players can hit waivers from one team and remain eligible to appear in the postseason for another team; last day for a restricted free agent to accept a qualifying offer (if the October 1st deadline was extended) or sign an offer sheet.
March 10th — Last day to use a disabled player exception.
April 13th — Last day of the regular season; luxury tax penalties calculated based on payroll as of this day.
April 15th — Playoff rosters set (2:00pm Central).
April 16th — Playoffs begin.