NBA Reportedly Agrees to Shorten Free-Agent Moratorium: Latest Details, Reaction

March 17th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

The NBA will reportedly shorten the free-agent moratorium starting this offseason, per the Associated Press (via Pro Basketball Talk).     

Rather than running from July 1-11, the moratorium would instead only last through the 6th of July.  

While not explicitly named the "DeAndre Jordan Rule," it's hard not to see the connection. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Jordan's indecision this past offseason played a role in the change:

The Los Angeles Clippers big man famously agreed to terms on a max deal with the Dallas Mavericks during the moratorium period. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Tim MacMahon chronicled the circumstances that then led him to ultimately re-sign with L.A.

There's obviously a need for a moratorium period since the league has to crunch the numbers before it can finalize a salary cap for the upcoming season. As Zach Lowe argued on Grantland last summer, the moratorium also builds some drama during free agency since players can't immediately sign new deals.

However, 11 days would've been unnecessarily long. Limiting the free-agency embargo to six d ...

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