The NBA is expected to tweak the start date and time of its annual July moratorium, sources tell Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com (Twitter link). According to Bontemps, rather than starting at 12:00 am eastern time on July 1, the moratorium will likely begin six hours earlier, on June 30 at 6:00 pm.

The beginning of the July moratorium also represents the start of the NBA’s new league year. Teams can officially begin talks with free agents at that point, so moving up the start time would allow those discussions to get underway at a reasonable hour rather than in the middle of the night, Bontemps notes.