The start of NBA Free Agency will reportedly get a move up from midnight on July 1 to 6 p.m. on June 30, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. The move to a “reasonable hour” aims to help teams and players:
The NBA is expected to move up the start of its annual moratorium from midnight on July 1 to 6pm on June 30, sources told ESPN. The move will shift the league away from an antiquated system by allowing teams to start talking to players at a reasonable hour.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) May 15, 2019
Still, players cannot officially sign with teams until the moratorium is lifted on July 6 — agreements before that are verbal only.