Introducing the DeAndre Jordan Rule.
According to multiple published reports, the NBA and the Players Association have agreed to shorten this summer’s free agent moratorium from eleven to six days.
Free agent deals can now be signed much sooner after becoming agreed upon — something that became a bigger issue after DeAndre Jordan saga.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) March 17, 2016
Kevin Durant will headline the free agency class starting July 1.
Per the AP:
Until now, this summer’s moratorium was scheduled to run through July 11, with players and teams able to execute new deals on July 12. The moratorium — which exists in large part to allow the league time to calculate the exact amount of the salary cap and luxury-tax figure for the coming season — will run from July 1-6.
Both the league and the union had to sign off on the switch, which could help both sides. Teams and free agents can agree to deals during the moratorium, but nothing can be signed until it ends. By shortening the moratorium, the league and its teams will have the luxury of getting deals done more quickly — and it could help prevent a situation like the one that overshadowed free agency last summer.
DeAndre Jordan agreed during last summer’s moratorium to sign with the Dallas Mavericks, then changed his mind several days later and ultimately stayed with the Los Angeles Clippers. While changes of heart like that could still occur, of course, teams probably won’t complain about having the ability to get signatures on contracts more quickly going forward.