San Antonio Spurs Free Agency

When does 2018 NBA free agency start?

By Rob Wolkenbrod
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 16: Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks to the media before the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 16, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 16: Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks to the media before the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 16, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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When will the 2018 free-agent period begin for the San Antonio Spurs and the other 29 NBA teams?

After a first-round elimination to the Golden State Warriors, the San Antonio Spurs will enter the offseason, with the opportunity to change their roster before the 2018-19 season starts. The first step is through the 2018 NBA Draft, which takes place on Thursday, June 21. Collegiate and international prospects will look to be selected by one of the 30 teams and embark on their pro careers.

Less than two weeks afterward, the Spurs, and the other 29 teams, will enter the free-agent period. This is for players who had their contract expire with their respective teams or was already on the open market, without an employer.

In 2017, the Silver and Black signed Rudy Gay, Joffrey Lauvergne and Brandon Paul. All three played a role on the squad that made the playoffs, including a sixth-man role for Gay, formerly a starter with the Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, and Sacramento Kings.

For 2018, the Spurs will fill out a roster that potentially loses a handful of players. This includes the following:

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With a first-round pick, San Antonio can make up at least one of these spots. After that, it remains to be seen since the free-agent period does not start until Sunday, July 1. Unrestricted free agents can’t sign until Saturday, July 6, however.

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