NBA free agency is here, and while trade rumors about Paul George continue to swirl, teams are looking to remake their fortunes on the open market. Here’s a look at what you need to know about when free agency begins and what to look for this year:
When does free agency start?
Saturday, July 1, at 12:01 a.m. ET begins what’s called the NBA moratorium period. In that time, no one can actually “sign” players, but teams can come to agreements on deals and offer sheets. The moratorium lasts until July 7, at which point teams can actually formally sign players and hold their introductory press conferences. But July 1 is when he madness begins. There will be meetings as early as 12:01 a.m. July 1.
If a team signs another team’s restricted free agent to an offer sheet, the player’s original team has 72 hours to match the contract.
There are typically a handful of deals that are made right after the start of free agency (like the Lakers’ awe-inspiring overpay for Timofey Mozgov last year). But there are also typically dominoes that hold up other deals, like Kevin Durant last year. Teams usually hold out negotiations for those big fish, and then after they fall, the rest of the deals go quickly.