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

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2016

Los Angeles Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan (6) looks on from the bench as the Clippers take a 29 point lead during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Monday, March 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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The NBA will reportedly shorten the free-agent moratorium starting this offseason, per the Associated Press (via Pro Basketball Talk). Β  Β Β 

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

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:

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

Free agent deals can now be signed much sooner after becoming agreed upon -- something that became a bigger issue after DeAndre Jordan saga.

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 days streamlines the process.

Looking at the bigger picture, the AP's Tim Reynolds is happy to see the league and players union working together:

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds

Re this moratorium shortening, It's a very good sign to see the NBA and NBPA working nicely together. Very good sign.

The current collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and National Basketball Players Association runs through 2021 but has an opt-out clause in June 2017. While it's not a foregone conclusion one of the parties will exercise that clause, it remains a real threat.

Still, the fact the two sides came to an agreement on the moratorium shows they have a strong ongoing dialogue with one another. As a result, fans will be more optimistic negotiations on a new CBA won't lead to another work stoppage like in 2011.


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