Week In Review 3/13/16-3/19/16

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association reached an agreement this week that will shorten the free agent moratorium to five days. This year’s free agency moratorium will last from July 1st-6th. Free agent contracts can now be signed much sooner after verbal agreements are reached as a result of the accord.

The moratorium was to run through July 11th for this summer and next prior to Thursday’s agreement, so this speeds up the free agency process by nearly a week. The moratorium period gives the NBA a chance to audit its finances, project next season’s revenue and set salary cap levels. Those salary cap levels determine crucial financial items such as maximum and minimum player salaries, the luxury tax threshold, and signing tools such as the mid-level exception.

Last offseason’s moratorium lasted until July 9th. Controversy arose over DeAndre Jordan‘s late switch during his unrestricted free agency. Jordan made a verbal agreement with the Mavericks, then changed his mind and remained with the Clippers, thanks in part to some heavy lobbying from his Los Angeles teammates. A shorter free agency period will make it more difficult for such flip-flops to take place once a verbal agreement is reached.

Here’s more from the week that was…


You can stay up to date on all the 10-day deals handed out with our 10-day contract tracker.

Miscellaneous News

D-League News

You can stay up to date on all the D-League assignments and recalls for the season here.

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