The NBA free agency period will begin even earlier this summer.
The league officially announced on Friday that it has reached an agreement with the NBA Players' Association to move the free agent negotiation period up six hours to 6 p.m. ET June 30 from the previous start time of 12:01 a.m. ET July 1.
The change also means, by league rules, that teams will be allowed to communicate with free agents or their representatives beginning at 6 p.m. ET on June 29 solely to schedule meetings at or after 6 p.m. on June 30.
This year's free agency class is headlined by stars such as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris.
Both the Knicks and Nets are expected to be in play for these free agents.