DJ_3_Ball wrote:Then why was Bleacher Report reporting this on July 7th, 7 days after FA started?
And no matter the technicalities involved, when it's free agency & you're not officially signed on the dotted line not a whole lot else matters i.e. the DeAndre Jordan fiasco. Things can change, so waiting 7 days there's risk involved there.
The NBA Free Agency has a moratorium period that prohibits any contract from being signed during the first week of free agency. You can announce agreements before July 6, but you cannot sign contracts before then. The Mavs announced Powell's extension on June 30, and signed it on July 7.
And once again, let me repeat: Dwight Powell was not even a free agent. He could have opted out by the June 29 deadline and hit free agency in July 1, but he did not. And so he never became a free agent.
Powell did not sign a brand new contract. He simply signed an extension that added 3 more years to his old contract. He is currently playing under the final season of his old 2016 contract. The 3-yr extension starts next season.