NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the potential for changing dates of free agency is still on the table, but doing so requires collective bargaining with the players, according to Tim Bontemps of ESPN.
NBA free agency currently starts at 6 p.m. ET on July 30, which is usually about two weeks before the NBA Finals end. Some around the league want free agency to start right after the NBA Finals conclude to eliminate tampering:
Adam Silver says the potential for changing dates of free agency is still on the table, but doing so requires collective bargaining with the players. Said there have been informal discussions on that front already.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) September 20, 2019
Having free agency start before the NBA Draft could be beneficial to teams.
Let’s say for example a team has a star point guard who is entering free agency. That team could address their point guard situation in the draft if the free agent has already signed with another team.
The way things are right now, teams are often put in difficult situations come draft time. A team might draft a small forward because they think their point guard is staying, but when the point guard leaves in free agency, the team is put in a bind.
The NBA should think about following what the NFL does. NFL players become free agents the day after the Super Bowl is played. It makes preparing for the draft easier for the front office and eliminates tampering.