Here’s what you need to know about the 2017 NBA free-agency period and market
When does free agency start?
At 12:01 a.m. ET, Saturday what is called the NBA moratorium period officially begins. In that time, no one can actually “sign” players, but teams can come to agreements on deals and offer sheets. The moratorium lasts until July 7, at which point teams can actually formally sign players and hold their introductory press conferences. But July 1 is when the madness begins. There will be meetings as early as 12:01 a.m.
If a team signs another team’s restricted free agent to an offer sheet, the player’s original team has 72 hours to match the contract.
Who are the big players on the market?
- Paul was arguably the biggest name that could actually change teams but he was traded on Wednesday to Houston. The Rockets are expected to pursue another star, possibly Paul George to pair with their All-Star backcourt.
- Blake Griffin in the next biggest name who could actually switch jerseys. He meets with the Clippers on Friday afternoon, then the Suns on Saturday, according to reports. L.A. is expected to make him their top priority, but Griffin’s position in the wake of Paul’s departure is as yet unknown.
- Meanwhile, the other big name headed into Friday night is Gordon Hayward. Hayward is set to meet with the Heat on Friday, then the Jazz on Monday and the Celtics after that. Hayward declined his player option for 2018 on Thursday.
- Stephen Curry…