Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A look at the Celtics' upcoming offseason schedule

The Celtics played 101 games during the 2017-18 campaign and came up a win short of an NBA Finals berth, falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conferance Finals.

While players will chew on what wrong at the TD Garden last Sunday throughout the summer (you can read my opinion on that here), fans in Boston have to be encouraged for what the future holds, especially since the expected returns of All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward for the start of the 2018-19 season.

The 'wait until next year,' cliche never sounded more exciting for those who follow the Celtics.

The C's president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and coach Brad Stevens are already looking forward to the start of training camp, that holds such promise for a title contender roster.

Here's a look at some upcoming dates during the summer, as the Celtics prepare for next season: 

June 17: The latest possible date of the Finals to end, Game 7 if necessary.

June 21: NBA Draft, where he Celtics have the 27th pick.

June 25: NBA Awards, where individual regular season accolades will be named. Jayson Tatum is a finalist for Rookie of the Year and Stevens is a finalist for Coach of the Year.

June 29: Last day for decisions on player, team, and early termination options.

June 30: Last day of the 2017-18 league year.

July 1: First day of the 2018-19 league year and start of the free agency moratorium. The Celtics’ impending unrestricted free agents include: Aron Baynes, Shane Larkin, and Greg Monroe.

July 6: Free agent moratorium ends.

July 6-17: Las Vegas Summer League, where the Celtics will participate.

July 13: Last day for teams to withdraw offers from restricted free agents.

July 15: Last day for teams to sign first-round picks.

Early August: Preseason schedule release. Last year’s preseason schedule was released on Aug. 7.

Mid-August: Regular season schedule release. Last year’s regular season schedule was released on Aug. 14.

Aug. 31: Final day for teams to waive players and use the stretch provision for their salaries for the season.

Sept. 5: Last day for teams to sign second-round picks. The Celtics, as of now, do not have a second-round pick in this year's draft.

Sept. 7: Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 enshrinement. Former Celtics Ray Allen, Charlie Scott, and Dino Radja are a part of this year’s class.

Late September: Start of training camps, dates TBA.

Joel Pavón

Photos used is courtesy of The Associated Press

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