Adam Silver announced free agency will be moved from its typical midnight Eastern start on July 1st.
Silver said free agency will be shifted to earlier in the day beginning in 2019.
“I not only heard from my friends in the media, but as I get older, I think we are all tired of all-nighters,” Silver said with a smile. “I also heard from several teams, ‘Does this really have to be at midnight?’ I think that’s something we need to find agreement on with the Players Association, but I think we can change it for next year.”
ESPN had live coverage leading up to the start of free agency but the late start time makes it difficult to draw ratings.
The 2019 free agency class will include Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson and others.