The NBA offseason is officially underway. Check out the offseason schedule and key dates for 2021-22, including the draft and free agency.
Now that the Milwaukee Bucks have been crowned the 2020-21 season champions, the NBA offseason can begin.
The Bucks can expect a replay. For the other 29 teams in the league, it will be an offseason of rolling and negotiating to make sure they are the ones to wear the crown next June.
There’s a long way to go, including the 2021 NBA Draft, a wild period of free agency, Summer League action, and more.
Here are all the key NBA dates you should know for the offseason schedule.
NBA offseason schedule and key dates for 2021-2022
- July 29: 2021 NBA Draft
- August 2: Free agency begins at 6:00 p.m. ET
- August 3: official start of the league year; the moratorium period begins on transactions
- August 6: Moratorium period ends at 12:01 am ET
- August 8-17: NBA Las Vegas Summer League
- September 28: Training camp begins
- Oct. 19: Regular Season Begins
- April 16: Playoffs begin
- June 2: Final Game 1
- June 19: Final Game 7
- June 23: 2022 NBA Draft
All 30 teams have a chance to add new blood on July 29 during both rounds of the 2021 NBA Draft. Once that stage has cleared, the full force of NBA free agency will arrive.
Before August 2, player and team options must be established on contracts. Offers that qualify for restricted free agency must be submitted.
Then, on August 2, teams can begin negotiating with the free agents they are trying to bring in their franchises. That work will be interrupted during the league’s moratorium period, when moves cannot be completed.
The floodgates will open on August 6 when the moratorium period ends, allowing teams to officially sign, extend and exchange players.
The Las Vegas Summer League will return August 8-17, via Sam Gordon of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Shams Charania of Athletic reported on the dates of the 2021-22 season, including the start of training camp and the regular season. However, those dates have not been officially confirmed.