With the 2018-19 NBA regular season wrapped up, the Miami Heat have begun shifting their focus onto the offseason after falling out of playoff contention. Here’s a breakdown of the many key dates and deadlines over the next few months leading up until the tip-off of the 2019-20 season.
- NBA Draft Lottery 2019 (Chicago)
- NBA Draft Combine 2019 (Chicago)
- Deadline for all early entrants (including international players) to withdraw from the NBA Draft (5 p.m. ET)
- 2019 NBA Draft (Barclays Center, NY)
- Deadline for all player and team options, unless individual contracts specify otherwise.
- NBA Free Agency (negotiations) and July Moratorium Begins (6:00 p.m ET)
- 2019 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League (Las Vegas, Nevada)
- Ryan Anderson’s $21.26M salary for 2019-20 becomes fully guaranteed. Salary reduced to $15.6M if waived by deadline.
- Last day for teams to waive players and apply the stretch provision to 2019-20 salaries.
Late September (specific dates TBA)
- Training camp opens.
- Start of the 2018-19 NBA Regular Season (NBA Tip-Off 2019)
The 2019-20 NBA season will move back one week next year and begin October 22, per league sources. This means the playoffs will also begin a week later. The change is to prevent opening night from occurring too early moving forward each year. The FIBA World Cup was also a factor.
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) October 29, 2018