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NBA free agents 2020: Best players available, new start date & more to know for

The NBA’s typical spending spree was put on hold amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but the free agency rumors will start kicking up again soon as play resumes in Orlando, Fla.

After last year’s wild chase for Kawhi Leonard, this round of free agency may disappoint fans who are eager to see chaotic movement. There is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the 2020 class of free agents, though, because of the lack of clarity on the NBA’s financial situation.

It will be more difficult than usual to predict which teams will take big swings with signings and trades, but it’s never too early to examine the overall free agency landscape.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this year’s free agency period, including the top available players.

When does NBA free agency start in 2020?

  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 18
  • Time: 6 p.m. ET

NBA free agency will unofficially kick off on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. ET. Teams will be permitted to contact free agents or their representatives beginning at that time but only to schedule a meeting to take place after the official start of free agency. 

Most contracts can’t be signed during the moratorium period, which takes place from 12:01 a.m. ET on Oct. 19 through noon on Oct. 23. (There are a few exceptions, including specific deals for rookies and restricted free agents.) However, many players will agree to the terms of a contract verbally before putting pen to paper.

NBA free agents 2020: Best players available

Lakers forward Anthony Davis is widely expected to re-sign with Los Angeles this offseason, so this group will be light on star power. However, there are plenty of solid players that should hit the market depending on their contract situations.

In addition to the list below, a few other noteworthy names: Carmelo Anthony (unrestricted), Mike Conley (player option), DeMarcus Cousins (unrestricted), Goran Dragic (unrestricted), Evan Fournier (player option), Marc Gasol (unrestricted), Joe Harris (unrestricted), Dwight Howard (unrestricted), Serge Ibaka (unrestricted), Paul Millsap (unrestricted) and Marcus Morris (unrestricted).

Free agent Current team Contract status
1. Anthony Davis Lakers Player option
2. Brandon Ingram Pelicans Restricted free agent
3. DeMar DeRozan Spurs Player option
4. Fred VanVleet Raptors Unrestricted free agent
5. Montrezl Harrell Clippers Unrestricted free agent
6. Gordon Hayward Celtics Player option
7. Bogdan Bogdanovic Kings Restricted free agent
8. Andre Drummond Cavaliers Player option
9. Davis Bertans Wizards Unrestricted free agent
10. Danilo Gallinari Thunder Unrestricted free agent

Salary cap uncertainty

The most important question ahead of free agency isn’t about any individual player. It’s about whether the salary cap will drop dramatically and force teams to re-evaluate how they construct their rosters. 

With ticket and arena revenue temporarily gone, the big number for next season could look far different from the 2019-20 cap, which was set…

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