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SportsReport: NBA expected to scrap midnight start to free agency moratorium

20:07  15 may  2019
20:07  15 may  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Currently, free agents must wait until midnight on July 1 to negotiate with other clubs. They can agree to terms immediately, but contracts cannot be officially signed until the moratorium is lifted at 12 p.m. ET on July 6. It's unclear if the league also intends to change the time the moratorium ends.

NBA Expected to Start Free Agency Moratorium Period Earlier. It currently begins at midnight ET on July 1 and represents the start of free agency . The start time has been moved up to 6 p.m. ET on June 30 so teams can begin negotiations at a more reasonable hour.

Report: NBA expected to scrap midnight start to free agency moratorium © Vaughn Ridley / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Free agents reportedly won't need to wait until the middle of the night to find themselves a new home.

The NBA intends to commence its annual moratorium period at 6 p.m. ET on June 30, six hours earlier than the traditional start time of 12 a.m. ET on July 1, sources told ESPN's Tim Bontemps.

The reason for the change, Bontemps noted, is to allow players and team representatives to meet at a much more reasonable hour.

Currently, free agents must wait until midnight on July 1 to negotiate with other clubs. They can agree to terms immediately, but contracts cannot be officially signed until the moratorium is lifted at 12 p.m. ET on July 6. It's unclear if the league also intends to change the time the moratorium ends.

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Currently, free agents must wait until midnight on July 1 to negotiate with other clubs. They can agree to terms immediately, but contracts cannot be officially signed until the moratorium is lifted at 12 p.m. ET on July 6. It's unclear if the league also intends to change the time the moratorium ends.

The NBA is reportedly expected to move up the start of its free - agency moratorium by six hours this summer. According to ESPN's Tim Bontemps, the league will reportedly allow teams to start speaking with free agents at 6 p.m. ET on June 30 rather than midnight July 1.

A number of superstar free agents are expected to attract significant interest this summer, including Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Kyrie Irving.

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