League and players have mutual interest in changing free agency calendar
The NBA has implemented sweeping changes to more aggressively enforce anti-tampering rules following the most active summer of player movement ever. One of the simplest and most effective possibilities to begin improving the problem, though, was never left on the cutting room floor. Fortunately, it appears the league is considering altering the schedule of free agency in the future.
Commissioner Adam Silver spoke with reporters on Saturday, and indicated that not only is the NBA interested in moving the dates of free agency, but the Players’ Association is on board with the idea, too.
“Adam Silver says that the league is still interested in changing the timing of free agency. He says there is a mutual interest between the NBA and the players, but that the NBA can’t make that change unilaterally,” veteran NBA reporter Keith Smith wrote on Twitter.
The league is primed for one of its most exciting and unpredictable seasons in recent memory after a plethora of stars changed teams during the summer. Despite that reality, not all teams are happy with how free agency played out, in part because many signings and trades seemed to have been orchestrated before the period officially began.
Reports of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signing with the Brooklyn Nets, for instance, emerged hours before free agency was set to tipoff. Brooklyn’s coup confirmed weeks of rumors regarding the partnership of Durant and Irving, two of the league’s top available free agents.
Some advocates of moving free agency up in the calendar have suggested it vault ahead of the NBA draft, giving teams a better opportunity to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their rosters before selecting a young player who’s unlikely to contribute early.