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2020 NBA restart key dates: Playoffs, draft and free-agency schedule

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What is the new NBA schedule for the playoffs, draft, free agency and other key events?

As players return to their home markets and decide whether to participate in the NBA restart, teams are narrowing their list of travel personnel to the approved 37 people per team. That will be only one of many steps as players on 22 teams resume workouts, quarantine and make their way to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, to conclude the 2019-20 NBA season.

With the season set to resume on July 30, here's a look at the league's new calendar.

This page will continue to update with the latest information.


Key dates

June 23: Transaction window opened for all 30 teams

  • Two-way contracts can be converted

  • Free agents can be signed

  • Roster players can be waived

June 23-30: Coronavirus testing begins

June 27: Substitute two-way players can be signed (by teams playing in Orlando)

June 28: Last day to waive a player (5:00 p.m. ET)

June 30: Transaction window closes (11:59 p.m. ET)

  • Last date to sign a contract

  • 2019-20 team payroll is frozen

  • Last date to convert a two-way contract

July 1: Rosters set for Orlando

July 1: Teams can sign a substitute player (for one who elects not to play in Orlando)

  • Players who are replaced are not eligible for the remainder of the season

July 1-9: Required individual workouts

July 7-9: Participating teams travel to Orlando

July 9-29: Team training camp and scrimmages

July 30: Seeding games begin

Aug. 3: Last day to withdraw from the draft (college players)

Aug. 15-16: Possible Eastern/Western conference play-in games

Aug. 17: First round of the playoffs begins

Aug. 17: Last day to enter the draft

Aug. 25: NBA draft lottery

Aug. 31: Conference semifinals target date

TBD: Pre-draft combine

Sept. 15-28: Conference finals target date

Sept. 30: NBA Finals target date

Oct. 6: Last day to withdraw from the draft (international players)

Oct. 13: Last day of the NBA Finals

Oct. 16: NBA draft

TBD: Salary cap and luxury tax are set for 2020-21

Oct. 17: Last day for a team or player option to be exercised (5:00 PM ET)

Oct. 17: Last day for a player to receive a qualifying offer

Oct. 18: Free-agent negotiations can begin (6:00 p.m. ET)

Oct. 19-23: Free-agency moratorium (begins 12:01 a.m. ET)

  • First-round selections can sign contracts

  • Minimum contracts can be signed

  • Restricted free agents can sign an offer sheet

  • Third- and fourth-year rookie options can be exercised

Oct. 23: Free agency begins (12:00 p.m. ET)

  • Teams can sign free agents

  • Trades can become official

  • Rookie-scale and veteran contracts can be extended

  • Clock on offer sheets begins


Potential free agents: Option deadlines

Oct. 6

Oct. 9

Oct. 11

Oct. 13

  • DeMar DeRozan, Spurs: $27.7 million (player option; if the Spurs do not make the playoffs, the option date will be moved to seven days after their last game)

Oct. 14

Oct. 15

Oct. 17


Guarantee dates

Oct. 17

Oct. 18

Oct. 19

  • Semi Ojeleye, Celtics: $0 to $1.75 million

Oct. 21

Oct. 22

  • Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Pistons: $0 to $1.66 million

  • Norvel Pelle, 76ers: $0 to $1.5 million

Oct. 23

Oct. 24


Veteran-extension eligible

Oct. 18


Rookie-extension eligible

Oct. 18


Trade exceptions expire

Oct. 23

  • Grizzlies: $3.1 million

Oct. 24

  • Warriors: $17.2 million

  • Grizzlies: $3.4 million