The most notable dates of the 2021 NBA offseason are behind us now that we’re well clear of the draft and the free agent period. However, there are still a number of dates and deadlines to keep an eye on in the coming weeks and months before teams take the court for the 2021/22 regular season.
Here’s the breakdown:
- NBA media day. With teams and players reporting to training camp, many coaches and general managers will speak to reporters on this date for the first time in months.
- Training camps begin.
- Preseason begins.
- Preseason ends.
- Last day for players on fully non-guaranteed contracts to be waived and not count at all against a team’s 2021/22 cap. They must clear waivers before the first day of the regular season.
- Last day of the 2021 offseason.
- Roster limits decrease from 20 players to 17 (4:00pm CT). Teams will be limited to carrying 15 players on standard contracts and two on two-way deals as of this deadline.
- Last day for teams to sign a player to a rookie scale extension (5:00pm CT).
[RELATED: Players eligible for rookie scale extensions]
- Last day for teams to sign an extension-eligible veteran player with multiple seasons left on his contract (ie. Harrison Barnes) to an extension. An extension-eligible veteran player on an expiring deal (ie. Zach LaVine) can still be extended after October 18.
- Last day for teams to complete sign-and-trade deals.
- Last day for teams to convert an Exhibit 10 contract into a two-way contract.
- Regular season begins.
[RELATED: 2021/22 schedules by team]