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Key dates for 2021-22 NBA season

The NBA will celebrate its landmark 75th Anniversary Season in 2021-22.

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Below is a list of key dates and important events in the NBA’s 2021-22 season calendar:


2021-22 Key Dates

>2021

  • Aug. 2: Teams can begin negotiating with free agents (beginning at 6 p.m. ET)
  • Aug. 3-6: Utah Jazz Summer League (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Aug. 6: NBA Teams may begin signing free agents to contracts (12:01 p.m. ET)
  • Aug. 8-17: MGM Resorts NBA Summer League (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Sept. 11: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement (Springfield, MA)
  • Sept. 27: NBA Media Day
  • Sept. 28: NBA Training Camps open
  • Oct. 3: NBA Preseason games begin
  • Oct. 15: NBA Preseason ends
  • Oct. 18: Rosters set for NBA Opening Day (5 p.m. ET)
  • Oct. 19: Start of the 2021-22 NBA Regular Season
  • Nov. 5: NBA G League Showcase Cup begins
  • Dec. 19-22: NBA G League Winter Showcase and Showcase Cup Championship Game
  • Dec. 27: NBA G League 36-game regular season begins

>2022

  • Jan. 5: 10-day contracts may now be signed
  • Jan. 10: All Standard NBA contracts are guaranteed for the remainder of the season
  • Jan. 20: All Two-Way Contracts are guaranteed for the remainder of the season
  • Feb. 10: NBA Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)
  • Feb. 18-20: NBA All-Star 2022 (Cleveland, OH)
  • Feb. 18-23: NBA All-Star break
  • March 1: Playoff Eligibility Waiver Deadline
  • April 2: NBA G League Regular Season ends
  • April 5: NBA G League Playoffs begin
  • April 10: Regular Season ends
  • April 12-15: NBA Play-In Tournament
  • April 11: Rosters set for NBA Playoffs 2022 (3 p.m. ET)
  • April 16: NBA Playoffs 2022 begin
  • April 24: NBA Early Entry Eligibility Deadline (11:59 p.m. ET)
  • May 2-3: Conference Semifinals begin (possible move up to April 30/May 1)
  • May 17: NBA Draft Lottery 2022 presented by State Farm
  • May 17-18: Conference Finals begin (possible move up to May 15-16)
  • June 2: NBA Finals 2022 begin
  • June 13: NBA Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline (5 p.m. ET)
  • June 19: The Finals 2022 latest possible date
  • June 23: NBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm


2022-23 Key Dates

>2023

  • Feb. 17-19: NBA All-Star 2023 (Salt Lake City, UT)


2023-24 Key Dates

>2024

  • Feb. 16-18: NBA All-Star 2024 (Indianapolis, IN)

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