The typical NBA spending spree has been put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), but free agency rumors will begin to pick up soon as the 2019-20 season ends.
After last year’s wild hunt for Kawhi Leonard, this free agency tour may disappoint fans who are eager to see a chaotic move. There is also a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the 2020 class of free agents, however, due to the lack of clarity on the NBA’s financial situation.
It will be more difficult to use than predicting that teams will take large swings with signatures and trades, but it is never too early to examine the overall landscape of free agency.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this year’s free agency period, including the first players available.
When will the NBA free agency begin in 2020?
The NBA free agency was originally scheduled to begin Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. ET, but as such Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on September 8, the NBA and the National Association of Basketball Players agreed to push the dates for the NBA Draft, free agency and the start of the 2020-21 season.
NBA 2020 Free Agents: The Best Players Available
Lakers striker Anthony Davis is widely expected to sign back with Los Angeles this season, so this group will be light on the star power. However, there are many solid players who need to reach the market according to their contract situations.
In addition to the list below, a few other names worth noting: Carmelo Anthony (unrestricted), Mike Conley (player option), DeMarcus Cousins (unrestricted), Andre Drummond (player option), Evan Fournier (player option), Marc Gasol (unrestricted), Joe Harris (unrestricted), Dwight Howard (unrestricted), Serge Ibaka (unrestricted), Paul Millsap (unrestricted) and Marcus Morris (unrestricted) .
|Free agent||Current team||Contract status|
|1. Anthony Davis||Lakers||Player option|
|2. Brandon Ingram||Pelicans||Restricted free agent|
|3. DeMar DeRozan||Spurs||Player option|
|4. Fred VanVleet||Raptors||Free agent without restrictions|
|5. Montrezl Harrell||Clippers||Free agent without restrictions|
|6. Gordon Hayward||Celtics||Player option|
|7. Bogdan Bogdanovic||Re||Restricted free agent|
|8. Goran Dragic||Heat||Free agent without restrictions|
|9. Davis Bertans||Magi||Free agent without restrictions|
|10. Danilo Gallinari||Thunder||Free agent without restrictions|
The most important question before free agency is not about each individual player. It’s about whether the salary cap will drop dramatically and force teams to reevaluate how they build their lists.
With ticket and arena revenues temporarily gone, the big numbers for next season could look very different from the 2019-20 cap, which was set at $ 109.14 million. One possible way to avoid a huge change: use the idea of ”smoothing” presented before the free agency in 2016.
Instead of a strong drop, the concept would be to keep the cap artificially high for the 2020-21 season – potentially around the current 109 million – and get the required 50-50 divided by each player by taking an equal percentage of pay cut. …
Artificial swelling of the hood would benefit both sides. For players, it would be a way to avoid penalizing those who enter free agency later this season. …
For teams, an inflated hood would allow the league to stay somewhere close to its current financial structure. A sudden drop in the cap could see many teams immersed in the tax that they don’t plan on being in it. It would also allow teams with high salaries to avoid unexpectedly massive luxury tax bills. On the other hand, those massive luxury tax bills could help boost the league’s smaller markets.
At this point, it’s impossible to say with any confidence what the cap will be when free agents start negotiating with teams. But it wouldn’t be so surprising if the “smooth” option finally wins and keeps the cap in that $ 109 million range.