Over the past several days, news has been trickling out about some of the new elements of the CBA. TSN’s Frank Seravalli was the first to report (Twitter link) that there is a big change coming to free agency as the interview period has been removed. Now, teams won’t legally be permitted to talk to players until the opening of free agency. While that had previously been speculated to be November 1st, that’s now projected to be October 9th as per the tentative critical dates calendar. Having said that, that seems likely to be pushed back a little bit as some of the other target dates in there (such as camps opening July 10th) have already been delayed slightly; camps won’t open now until the 13th.
This will once again fundamentally shift the free agent landscape. The interview window was put in during the last CBA to give teams a chance to speak to players in advance to gauge their interest in joining their franchise.