Click here to Skip to main content
LATEST HEADLINES - NBA NEWS

2010 Free Agency Explained


Posted Jun 30 2010 11:18AM

Free Agent Tracker key

Free agency for the 2010-11 season begins at 12:01 a.m. ET on July 1, 2010.

UFA Unrestricted free agent
RFA Restricted free agent

* Player option
** Team option
*** Early termination option

Free agency terminology

Unrestricted free agent
An unrestricted free agent is free to sign with any team, though some unrestricted free agents have options on their existing contracts that, if exercised, may impact their choices.

•A team option grants the original team the right to keep a player for another year.

•A player option grants the player the power to decide whether to stay for another year or become a completely unrestricted free agent.

(In either case, if the option is refused, the player is completely unrestricted, free to sign with any team.)

•An early termination option gives the player the right to end a signed contract. The option cannot be exercised before the end of the fourth year of an existing contract. If the player declines to exercise the option, he remains with the original team. If the option is exercised, he is free to sign with any team.

Restricted free agent
A restricted free agent can sign an offer sheet with any team, but the player's original team can retain him by matching the terms of that offer. The original team is said to have the "right of first refusal."

>> Return to Free Agent Tracker

SEARCH NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS
photoFebruary 11th: Top 5
Check out the top five Plays from Thursday's action in the Association.
photoInside The NBA: Steve Nash
Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash sits down with the Inside crew to talk all things All-Star Weekend.
photoWizards vs. Bucks
Khris Middleton leads with 27 points, nine assists and six rebounds as the Bucks top the Wizards, 99-92.
photoMiddleton Puts Up 25
Khris Middleton leads with 27 points, nine assists and six rebounds as the Bucks top the Wizards, 99-92.
photoAnd-1 of the Night: Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka grabs the rebound, goes up strong and draws the foul while throwing it down.

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of NBA.com may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices

NBA.com is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.