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What time does NBA free agency start in 2022?

By on June 24, 2022 0

For true die-hard fans, NBA free agency is a time of constant tension, anticipation, hope, and sometimes disappointment.

The rumors and reports seem endless, but they add to the fun of the league, giving the summer a soap opera-like element in the offseason.

Will Kyrie Irving re-sign with the Nets or not?

Will the Phoenix Suns really let a player they just signed No. 1 overall in DeAndre Ayton go to free agency?

This type of question creates intrigue that ignites the diehards and intrigues the casual. NBA free agency is its own kind of madness, but honestly, it can be very enjoyable and thrilling to watch teams make decisions that could either improve their championship chances or leave you shaking your head in disgust.

And it all probably starts at the end of June.

Here’s everything you need to know about the start of NBA free agency in 2022.

When does NBA free agency start in 2022?

Believe it or not, it’s unclear when NBA free agency officially kicks off in 2022. As of this writing, the NBA has yet to release an official start date.

But in the past, and as recently as 2019, NBA free agency opened at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PST on June 30.

  • 2022 NBA Free Agency Expected Start Date: Thursday, June 30
  • 2022 NBA Free Agency Scheduled Start Time: 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PST

2019 was the last time the league had an offseason on its normal schedule as the pandemic forced the NBA to shorten the seasons in 2020 and 2021. Last season the NBA returned to its normal schedule with the season starting in October and ending in June.

What is the salary cap for the 2022-23 NBA season?

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the salary cap for the 2022-23 season will be set at $122 million and the luxury tax line will be $149 million.

  • Reported salary cap for 2022-2023: $122 million
  • Reported luxury tax line for 2022-2023: $149 million

The new salary cap and luxury tax line are about $10 million and $12 million higher, respectively, than last season.

For the 2021-22 season, the salary cap was set at $112.4 million and the luxury tax line at $136.6 million.

Which NBA teams have the most cap space in 2022 free agency?

The Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, and Indiana Pacers could end up being big spenders in this free agency because they have the most cap space. The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers are just a shade below those teams and are also potentially heading into a big offseason with plenty of cap space.

Via Spotrac, in order, here are the top 10 teams with the most projected practical cap space.

Crew Convenient hood space projected
Orlando Magic $27.52 million
Detroit Pistons

$25.84 million

Indiana Pacers

$25.75 million

San Antonio Spurs $22.86 million
Portland Trail Blazers $21.68 million
New York Knicks -$2.49 million
Oklahoma City Thunder -2.53 million dollars
Washington Wizards -8.99 million dollars
miami heat -$11.44 million
Houston Rockets -$12.90 million

NBA Free Agents 2022: Tracking the Best Players by Position

peak guards

  1. James Harden
  2. Kyrie Irving
  3. Jalen Brunson
  4. Anfernee Simons
  5. Tyus Jones

shooting guards

  1. Bradley Beal
  2. Zach LaVine
  3. Collin Sexton
  4. Monk Malik
  5. Donte Di Vincenzo

Small Forwards

  1. Bruce Brown
  2. Pat Connaughton
  3. Nicholas Batum
  4. Kelly Oubre Jr.
  5. Joe Ingles

Powerful attackers

  1. Miles Bridges
  2. Kyle Anderson
  3. P.J. Tucker
  4. Otto Porter Jr.
  5. Young Thaddeus


  1. Deandre Ayton
  2. Jusuf Nurkic
  3. Bobby Portis
  4. Michael Robinson
  5. chris butcher