New Dates Set For Option Decisions, Salary Guarantees, More

As part of the revised Collective Bargaining Agreement terms that the NBA and NBPA have agreed to, a series of option decision deadlines, salary guarantee dates, and other offseason dates and deadlines have been pushed back.

We don’t yet have a full list that outlines how every date and deadline will be adjusted, but in cases where a deadline fell slightly before or after the start of the 2020/21 league year, those dates have been pushed back to coincide with the new start date for the league year, which will begin on October 19 rather than July 1.

For instance, as Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets, player option decisions for Gordon Hayward (Celtics), DeMar DeRozan (Spurs), Mike Conley (Jazz), and Andre Drummond (Cavaliers) will now be due on October 17 instead of June 29. Lakers big man Anthony Davis will have to decide on his 2020/21 player option by October 14, one day after a potential NBA Finals Game 7, Charania adds.

[RELATED: Re-Examining NBA Player Options For 2020/21]

Meanwhile, the salary guarantee date for four Knicks veterans – Reggie Bullock, Taj Gibson, Wayne Ellington, and Elfrid Payton – who currently have $1MM partial guarantees for 2020/21 will be October 17 at 3:00pm eastern time, rather than on June 28, tweets ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Additionally, as Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press (Twitter link) reported over the weekend, traded player exceptions that were set to expire in early July will have their expiry dates moved to corresponding dates in October. For example, since the free agency moratorium will now expire on October 23 instead of July 6, the Warriors‘ $17.2MM TPE that would have expired on July 7 will instead do so on October 24.

[RELATED: Outstanding NBA Trade Exceptions]

There are other deadlines that figure to be closely tied to the new league year as well. For instance, the deadline to tender a qualifying offer to a potential restricted free agent will likely be on October 17 rather than June 29.

Some date adjustments may be trickier to determine and will require further clarification. For instance, some players had been scheduled to receive full or partial guarantees if they remained under contract through August 1. That date may simply be shifted to November 19, one month after the ’20/21 league year begins. But the NBA has proposed opening training camps for next season on November 10, complicating that timeline.

newest oldest

3 thoughts on “New Dates Set For Option Decisions, Salary Guarantees, More

  1. Sillivan

    Knicks are on rebuild, Knicks need to opt out for all 4 players

    Reporters want Cavs Hawks Pistons Bulls to be patient

    Be patient means tanking for super draft class 2021 and 2022?
    4 teams tanking in the East is too much

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    I agree they should let all go. Payton I like as backup. We need a real PG hopefully Halliburton. Nttilikina has to play to evaluate him. He’s do for extension. And he can be a backup too. DSJ has to play so he can be moved. So it’s best to let Payton go. Next yrs draft yes suppose to be better. But most players are one done players. So for most you have to wait 3-4 yrs to get results. Very few Brons, Zions, Jas out there. Lot of draft sites say it’s one of best ever. We’ll see. Knicks have 2 number one picks.

  3. mlbnyyfan

    If I’m the Knicks I would consider DeRozen. However would he consider them probably not a chance.

Leave a Reply