NBA Free Agency 2021 Live: NBA free agency ahead of the 2021-22 season will begin on Monday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. ET, with contracts allowed to be officially signed Friday, Aug. 6, at 12:01 p.m, the league said.
Monday’s decision comes in the furrow of the league saying last month that the NBA Draft will take place July 29, the Draft lottery will be June 22, and the Draft Combine will be from June 21-27.
Because of the setbacks to the league’s schedule because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, this whole season and upcoming offseason are befalling about a month later than usual.
The 2021 free agency class was supposed to feature several superstars, but players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bradley Beal signed contract continuations to take their names off the market.
However, that does not mean there won’t be some big names available for teams to try and sign. Veteran stars like Kyle Lowry, Victor Oladipo, and DeMar DeRozan are all set to be unrestricted free agents.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has declared that the league’s aim for the 2021-22 season is to get back to its normal schedule, and intends the 2021-22 season to begin in October.
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NBA Free Agency 2021 Live: Adam Silver on the next season
“I’m fairly optimistic, at this point, that we’ll be able to start on time,” Silver said during his All-Star weekend news conference in early March.
There is no word yet as to whether the NBA will manage its accustomed summer league this offseason; it was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
Silver has said that the league is examining alternatives to have any sort of summer league, though was not sure precisely what they would happen.
The NBA Finals are scheduled to take place in July, with Game 7, if necessary, scheduled for July 22.