Key 2015/16 NBA Dates

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.

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

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