With the 2018/19 NBA regular season in the books, nearly half of the league’s teams have shifted their focus to the offseason, and others will soon follow suit. With that in mind, it’s time to retire our list of the NBA’s key in-season dates and deadlines for the ’18/19 campaign in favor of an updated offseason calendar of the most important dates facing teams and players in the coming months.
Here’s a breakdown of many of the NBA’s important dates and deadlines for the next few months, right up until training camps open for the 2019/20 season:
- Deadline for early entrants to declare for the NBA draft (10:59pm CT).
- Note: For more information on draft-related dates and deadlines, check out our full breakdown.
- NBA draft lottery.
- NBA draft combine.
- Last day for early entrants to withdraw from the NBA draft and retain their NCAA eligibility (10:59pm CT).
- Deadline for all early entrants (including international players) to withdraw from the NBA draft (4:00pm CT).
- Latest possible end date for the NBA Finals.
- NBA draft day.
- Last day for potential restricted free agents to exercise player options.
- NBA awards show.
- Last day for decisions on player, team and early termination options, unless individual contracts specify otherwise.
- Last official day of the 2018/19 NBA league year.
- Last day for teams to make qualifying offers to players eligible for restricted free agency.
- Last day for players eligible for veteran extensions in 2018/19 to sign them.
- Official start of the 2019/20 NBA league year.
- July moratorium begins.
- Free agents can begin reaching verbal agreements with teams.
- Restricted free agents can sign an offer sheet.
- Teams can begin signing players to rookie scale contracts, minimum salary contracts, and two-way contracts.
- July moratorium ends (11:00am CT)
- Teams can begin officially signing players, extending players, and completing trades.
- The two-day period for matching an RFA offer sheet signed during the moratorium begins.
- Last day for teams to unilaterally withdraw qualifying offers to restricted free agents.
- Last day for teams to issue required tenders to unsigned first-round picks; those players become free agents on July 16 if not tendered.
- Last day for teams to waive players and apply the stretch provision to their 2018/19 salaries.
August 31 – September 15
- FIBA World Cup 2019 in China.
- Last day for teams to issue required tenders to unsigned second-round picks; those players become free agents on September 6 if not tendered.
Late September (specific dates TBA)
- Training camps open.