Important NBA In-Season Dates

Back in May, we looked ahead to the noteworthy dates on the NBA calendar that were coming up over the summer. Now that the 2012/13 regular season is in full swing, there's a new set of in-season dates worth keeping an eye on. Here's a breakdown:


  • 15: Most players that signed new contracts this offseason (on or before September 15th) can be traded.


  • 7: Teams can begin signing players to 10-day contracts.
  • 10: Players 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.
  • 15: Players with Bird or Early Bird rights that re-signed with their own over-the-cap team (on or before October 15th) and received at least at 20% raise can be traded. For instance, Brook Lopez would be eligible to be dealt as of January 15th, rather than December 15th.
  • 15: Last day teams can apply for disabled player exceptions.


  • 21: Trade deadline.


  • 1: Players released after this date are ineligible for the postseason if they sign with a new team.
  • 10: Disabled player exceptions expire.


  • 17: Last day of regular season. Last day players can sign contracts for 2012/13. Luxury tax figures are determined using team salary on this day.

Larry Coon's CBA FAQ was used in the creation of this post.

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