Key In-Season NBA Dates For 2018/19

With the 2018/19 NBA season underway, our calendar of important 2018 preseason dates and deadlines can be retired in favor of a list of the key in-season dates for the ’18/19 campaign. Here’s a breakdown of the deadlines and events that will influence player movement for the next several months across the NBA:

October 20

  • NBA G League draft.

October 22

  • NBA G League training camps open.

October 31

November 2

  • NBA G League season begins.

December 1

  • Priority order for waiver claims is now based on 2018/19 record, rather than 2017/18 record. Teams with the worst records receive the highest waiver priority.

December 15

January 5

January 7

  • Last day to waive non-guaranteed NBA contracts before they become guaranteed for the rest of the season. Salaries officially guarantee on January 10 if players haven’t cleared waivers before that date.

January 15

January 20

  • Salaries for all two-way contracts become fully guaranteed.

February 1

  • Former first-round picks who were stashed overseas may sign rookie scale NBA contracts for the 2019/20 season.

February 7

  • Trade deadline (2:00pm CT).

February 15-17

  • All-Star Weekend in Charlotte.

February 28

March 1

  • Last day a player can be waived by one team and remain eligible to appear in the postseason for another team.
  • Last day for a restricted free agent to sign an offer sheet.

March 11

April 10

  • Last day of the regular season.
  • Last day players can sign contracts for 2018/19.
  • Last day two-way contracts can be converted to standard NBA contracts.
  • Luxury tax penalties calculated based on payroll as of this day.

April 12

  • Playoff rosters set (2:00pm CT).

April 13

  • Playoffs begin.

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

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