The Official Date and Time of the NBA’s Free Agency Period May be Moved Up

May 16th, 2019
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The NBA has proposed changing the start of the NBA 2019 free agency period. For now, it is set to begin on Monday, July 1st, 2019 at 12 am (midnight) eastern standard time. The league may opt to change the start of free agency negotiations to Sunday, June 30th, 2019 at 6 pm EST.

The association claims that moving up the annual moratorium on free agent negotiations would enable the people working on these deals to work at a more normal hour of the day. This alteration to the National Basketball Association’s official calendar will presumably become effective this year in order to accommodate the teams, players and their agents/attorneys working on new contract agreements. The NBA claims this was adaptation was long overdue.

Adam Silver’s Statements from a Press Conference at the Las Vegas Summer League last July:

"In terms of when free agency begins, I've not only heard from my friends in the media, but as I get older and the people I grew up [with] in the NBA get older, I think we're all tired of all-nighters," says NBA Commissioner, Silver. "What I've heard from, again, several of my colleagues at teams are, does this really need to be at midnight? I think that's something that we'd need to find agreement on with the players' association. But I think we could change for next year."

"It's one of those things that everybody looks at each other and says, "Why has it always been that way?" It's unclear. It's just always been at midnight. But putting aside the impact on the working media, I think there is so much interest in it. Clearly, if it were happening at a more reasonable time, it would be better for coverage."

"But again, I think also it maybe was kind of fun in the old days scheduling the meetings at midnight or something else. But I think we're past that. I expect a change for next season." Top Free Agents

  • Kevin Durant - Small Forward / Player Option / Golden State Warriors
  • Kawhi Leonard - Small Forward / Player Option / Toronto Raptors
  • Kyrie Irving  Point Guard / Player Option / Boston Celtics
  • Kemba Walker - Point Guard / Unrestricted / Charlotte Hornets
  • Klay Thompson - Shooting Guard / Unrestricted / Golden State Warriors
  • Jimmy Butler - Shooting Guard / Player Option / Philadelphia 76ers
  • D’Angelo Russell - Point Guard / Restricted / Brooklyn Nets
  • Tobias Harris - Power Forward / Unrestricted / Philadelphia 76ers
  • Kristaps Porzingis - Power Forward / Restricted / Dallas Mavericks
  • Khris Middleton - Small Forward / Player Option / Milwaukee Bucks
  • Nikola Vucevic - Center / Unrestricted / Orlando Magic
  • DeMarcus Cousins - Center / Unrestricted / Golden State Warriors
  • Julius Randle - Power Forward / Player Option / New Orleans Pelicans
  • Al Horford - Center / Player Option / Boston Celtics
  • Marc Gasol - Center / Player Option / Toronto Raptors
  • Bojan Bogdanovic - Small Forward / Indiana Pacers
  • Brook Lopez - Center / Unrestricted / Milwaukee Bucks
  • DeAndre Jordan - Center / Unrestricted / New York Knicks
  • Malcolm Brogdon - Point Guard / Restricted / Milwaukee Bucks
  • Nikola Mirotic - Power Forward / Unrestricted / Milwaukee Bucks
  • Paul Millsap - Power Forward / Team Option / Denver Nuggets
  • Goran Dragic - Point Guard / Player Option / Miami Heat
  • Danny Green - Shooting Guard / Unrestricted / Toronto Raptors
  • JJ Redick - Shooting Guard / Unrestricted / Philadelphia 76ers
  • Harrison Barnes - Small Forward / Player Option / Sacramento Kings
  • Marcus Morris - Power Forward / Unrestricted / Boston Celtics
  • Thaddeus Young - Power Forward / Unrestricted / Indiana Pacers
  • Rudy Gay - Small Forward / Unrestricted / San Antonio Spurs
  • Ricky Rubio - Point Guard / Unrestricted / Utah Jazz
  • Derrick Rose - Point Guard / Unrestricted / Minnesota Timberwolves


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