The NBA’s typical spending rage has been suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), but free service rumors will resume as soon as play resumes in Orlando, Fla.
After last year’s wild chase for Kawhi Leonard, this round of free choice will disappoint fans eager to see chaotic moves. However, there is still much uncertainty about the class of free agents in 2020, due to the lack of clarity about the NBA’s financial situation.
It will be more difficult than usual to predict which teams will take big swings with signings and transactions, but it’s never too early to explore the overall landscape of free agencies.
Here’s everything you need to know prior to this year’s free airing period, including the best players available.
When does NBA Free Agency start in 2020?
- Date: Sunday October 18
- Time: 6:00 PM ET
The NBA’s free agency begins on October 18 at 6:00 PM ET. Teams are then allowed to contact free agents or their representatives, but only to schedule a meeting that will take place after the official start of the free service.
Most contracts cannot be signed during the moratorium period, which occurs from 7:01 PM ET on October 19 to October 12 on October 23 (there are a few exceptions, including specific deals for rookies and limited free agentsHowever, many players will verbally agree to the terms of a contract before putting their pen to paper.
NBA free agents 2020: best players available
Lakers striker Anthony Davis is widely expected to re-sign with Los Angeles out of season, so this group will be light on star power. However, there are plenty of solid players to hit the market depending on their contractual situation.
In addition to the list below, a few other notable names: Carmelo Anthony (unlimited), Mike Conley (player option), DeMarcus Cousins (unlimited), Goran Dragic (unlimited), Evan Fournier (player option), Marc Gasol (unlimited), Joe Harris (unlimited), Dwight Howard (unlimited), Serge Ibaka (unlimited), Paul Millsap (unlimited) and Marcus Morris (unlimited).
|Free agent||Current team||contract status|
|1. Anthony Davis||Lakers||Player option|
|2. Brandon Ingram||Pelicans||Limited free agent|
|3. DeMar DeRozan||Tracks||Player option|
|4. Fred VanVleet||Birds of prey||Unlimited free agent|
|5. Montrezl Harrell||Clippers||Unlimited free agent|
|Gordon Hayward||Celtics||Player option|
|7. Bogdan Bogdanovic||Kings||Limited free agent|
|8. Andre Drummond||Cavaliers||Player option|
|9. Davis Bertans||Wizards||Unlimited free agent|
|10. Danilo Gallinari||Thunder||Unlimited free agent|
Uncertainty about the salary
The main question for free service is not about an individual player. It’s about whether the salary cap will drop dramatically and force teams to reevaluate how they put their rosters together.
With ticket and arena revenues temporarily gone, the large number for next season may look very different from the 2019-20 limit, which was set at $ 109.14 million. One possible way to avoid a huge shift: use the Smoothing idea pitched ahead of free agency in 2016.
Rather than a steep drop, the concept would be to keep the limit artificially high for the 2020-21 season – possibly around the current $ 109 million – and achieve the needed 50-50 split for any player who has an equal percentage of the pay cut takes. …
Artificial inflation of the cap would be beneficial for both sides. It would be a way for players to avoid injuring those who go into free service after this season. …
For teams, a bloated cap would keep the competition somewhere near the current financial structure. A sudden drop in the limit allowed many teams to dive into the load that wouldn’t be there. It would also allow teams with large payrolls to avoid unexpectedly massive luxury tax accounts. On the other hand, those massive luxury tax bills could help boost the league’s smaller markets.
Right now, it’s impossible to say with confidence what the limit will be when free agents start negotiating with teams in October. But it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if the “smoothing” option eventually wins and keeps the limit within that $ 109 million range.