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SportNBA reportedly to move up moratorium/free agency by nine hours to 6 p.m. June 30

23:40  15 may  2019
23:40  15 may  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

LeBron James reportedly worried drama will impact Lakers in free agency

LeBron James reportedly worried drama will impact Lakers in free agency A sorely disappointing 2018-19 season for the Los Angeles Lakers culminated in team president Magic Johnson abruptly resigning. Since then, it has not been great for LeBron James and Co. Johnson’s recent comments calling out Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka coupled with uneasiness within the front office only add to this. For his part, James is now worried that the Lakers’ drama will impact their ability to add star players in free agency. “Even before Magic’s latest move, sources close to LeBron James expressed concern that the combination of Magic’s messy exit and all the negative Lakers headlines threatened to sabotage their summer,” Sam Amick of The Athletic repor

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Let’s just get the obvious out of the way: This will not change how teams reach out to potential players in advance of the start of free agency. Not in the least. Those back-channel conversations go on for months and years, it’s part of the game now. It’s only “tampering” when someone does something obvious and stupid and gets caught.

That said, the NBA is moving up the start of its moratorium on free agency — which traditionally started the second the clock said it was July 1—  by about nine hours, reports Tim Bontempts of ESPN.

When this rule was put in place, teams were not showing up on the doorstep of free agents or calling them at midnight, the second free agency opened. As those midnight calls and meetings started to become the norm, more and more players and agents would set up shop in Los Angeles for the start of July, that way the conversations could happen starting at 9 p.m. rather than midnight.

This will put everyone on a more reasonable timeline in that sense. It’s a good move.

Just don’t expect it to impact tampering.

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NBA reportedly to move up moratorium/free agency by nine hours to 6 p.m. June 30

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