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NBA Announces 2021 Free Agency Start Date

According to a press release from the NBA, the upcoming free agency period will begin on Aug. 2, 2021.

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The NBA and NBPA (National Basketball Players Association) have agreed to a date for the start of the 2021 free agency period. According to a press release from the NBA, teams can begin negotiating with free agents on Aug. 2 at 3:00 p.m. PT. The moratorium between negotiations and official signings is scheduled to end on Aug. 6.

Here are the full details from the NBA release:

The NBA free agency period will begin in early August, the league announced today, and will have a slightly longer moratorium window than last year’s free agency.

Per the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, free agency will begin on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. ET, which is when teams can begin negotiating with free agents. There will be a moratorium period from Aug. 3 until Aug. 6 at 12:01 p.m. ET, which is when teams can begin signing free agents.

The Trail Blazers have several players that can hit the market in some form when the August start date arrives. Norman Powell (player option), Derrick Jones Jr. (player option), Zach Collins (restricted), Enes Kanter, Carmelo Anthony and Harry Giles could all field offers from opposing teams starting on Aug. 2.