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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?

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. 20: 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

  • Nicolas Batum, Hornets: $27.1 million (player option)

Oct. 9

  • Mike Conley, Jazz: $34.5 million (player option)

Oct. 11

  • Stanley Johnson, Raptors: $3.8 million (player option)

  • Tony Snell, Pistons: $12.2 million (player option)

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

  • Anthony Davis, Lakers: $28.8 million (player option)

  • Robin Lopez, Bucks: $5.0 million (player option)

  • Wesley Matthews, Bucks: $2.7 million (player option)

  • Evan Fournier, Magic: $17.0 million (player option)

Oct. 15

  • Gordon Hayward, Celtics: $34.2 million (player option; can be three days after the last game of the season)

  • Deonte Burton, Thunder: $1.6 million (team option)

  • Mario Hezonja, Blazers: $2.0 million (player option)

  • Jabari Parker, Kings: $6.5 million (player option)

  • Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Pistons: $1.7 million (team option)

  • Rodney Hood, Blazers: $6 million (player option)

Oct. 17

  • Enes Kanter, Celtics: $5 million (player option)

  • Semi Ojeleye, Celtics: $1.75 million (team option)

  • Garrett Temple, Nets: $5.0 million (team option)

  • Otto Porter Jr., Bulls: $28.5 million (player option)

  • Andre Drummond, Cavaliers: $28.75 million (player option)

  • Willie Cauley-Stein, Mavericks: $2.28 million (player option)

  • Tim Hardaway Jr., Mavericks: $18.97 million (player option)

  • Jerami Grant, Nuggets: $9.34 million (player option)

  • Austin Rivers, Rockets: $2.4 million (player option)

  • David Nwaba, Rockets: $1.8 million (player option)

  • JaMychal Green, Clippers: $5.0 million (player option)

  • Avery Bradley, Lakers: $5.0 million (player option)

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lakers: $8.5 million (player option)

  • JaVale McGee, Lakers: $4.2 million (player option)

  • Rajon Rondo, Lakers: $2.7 million (player option)

  • Jontay Porter, Grizzlies: $1.5 million (team option)

  • Kelly Olynyk, Heat: $12.2 million (player option)

  • James Johnson, Timberwolves: $16.0 million (player option)

  • Bobby Portis, Knicks: $15.8 million (team option)

  • Hamidou Diallo, Thunder: $1.7 million (team option)

  • Mike Muscala, Thunder: $2.3 million (player option)

  • Abdel Nader, Thunder: $1.75 million (player option)

  • James Ennis III, Magic: $2.1 million (player option)

  • Melvin Frazier Jr., Magic: $1.66 million (team option)

  • Cheick Diallo, Suns: $1.8 million (team option)

  • Frank Kaminsky, Suns: $5 million (team option)


Guarantee dates

Oct. 17

  • T.J. McConnell, Pacers: $1 million to $3.5 million

  • Quinn Cook, Lakers: $1 million to $3 million

  • Reggie Bullock, Knicks: $1 million to $4.2 million

  • Wayne Ellington, Knicks: $1 million to $8 million

  • Taj Gibson, Knicks: $1 million to $9.5 million

  • Elfrid Payton, Knicks: $1 million to $8 million

  • Mitchell Robinson, Knicks: $0 to $1.7 million

  • Nemanja Bjelica, Kings: $0 to $7.2 million

  • Isaac Bonga, Wizards: $0 to $1.7 million

Oct. 18

  • Ersan Ilyasova, Bucks: $0 to $7 million

  • Monte Morris, Nuggets: $0 to $1.7 million

  • Ben McLemore, Rockets: $0 to $2.3 million

  • Trevor Ariza, Blazers: $1.8 million to $12.8 million

  • Trey Lyles, Spurs: $1 million to $5.5 million 

Oct. 19

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

Oct. 21

  • Daniel Theis, Celtics: $0 to $5 million

Oct. 22

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

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

Oct. 23

  • Khyri Thomas, Pistons: $745K to $1.7 million

Oct. 24

  • Devonte' Graham, Hornets: $0 to $1.7 million

  • Keita Bates-Diop, Nuggets: $0 to $1.7 million


Veteran-extension eligible

Oct. 18

  • Celtics: Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart and Semi Ojeleye

  • Nets: Rodions Kurucs

  • Hornets: Nicolas Batum, Devonte' Graham and Cody Zeller

  • Bulls: Cristiano Felicio, Zach LaVine and Otto Porter Jr.

  • Cavaliers: Andre Drummond and Dante Exum

  • Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jalen Brunson

  • Nuggets: Monte Morris, Jerami Grant, Will Barton, Gary Harris and Keita Bates-Diop

  • Pistons: Blake Griffin, Tony Snell, Khyri Thomas, Bruce Brown and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

  • Warriors: Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins

  • Rockets: P.J. Tucker, James Harden and Russell Westbrook

  • Pacers: Victor Oladipo, T.J. Warren and Doug McDermott

  • Clippers: Lou Williams

  • Lakers: LeBron James and Anthony Davis

  • Grizzlies: Gorgui Dieng, Justise Winslow and Kyle Anderson

  • Heat: Kelly Olynyk

  • Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo and Ersan Ilyasova

  • Timberwolves: James Johnson and Jarred Vanderbilt

  • Pelicans: Jrue Holiday

  • Knicks: Mitchell Robinson

  • Thunder: Dennis Schroder, Chris Paul, Abdel Nader, Hamidou Diallo and Steven Adams

  • Magic: Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Melvin Frazier Jr.

  • 76ers: Joel Embiid and Josh Richardson

  • Suns: Elie Okobo

  • Trail Blazers: Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Trent Jr.

  • Kings: Nemanja Bjelica

  • Spurs: DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chimezie Metu and Patty Mills

  • Raptors: Norman Powell

  • Jazz: Mike Conley, Rudy Gobert (supermax) and Georges Niang

  • Wizards: John Wall and Isaac Bonga


Rookie-extension eligible

Oct. 18

  • Hawks: John Collins

  • Celtics: Jayson Tatum

  • Nets: Jarrett Allen

  • Hornets: Malik Monk

  • Bulls: Lauri Markkanen

  • Mavericks: Justin Jackson

  • Pistons: Luke Kennard

  • Pacers: T.J. Leaf

  • Lakers: Kyle Kuzma

  • Heat: Bam Adebayo

  • Bucks: D.J. Wilson

  • Pelicans: Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart

  • Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina

  • Thunder: Terrance Ferguson

  • Magic: Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac

  • Trail Blazers: Zach Collins

  • Kings: De'Aaron Fox

  • Spurs: Derrick White

  • Raptors: OG Anunoby

  • Jazz: Donovan Mitchell and Tony Bradley


Trade exceptions expire

Oct. 23

  • Grizzlies: $3.1 million

Oct. 24

  • Warriors: $17.2 million

  • Grizzlies: $3.4 million

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