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From Tim to Cuttino to J.R., time for free agency

Updated: June 30, 2000, 1:00 PM ET
By Marc Stein | Special to ESPN.com

It's summer time in an Olympic year, just like the free-agent frenzy of 1996. And once again, this is the mettle round.

The test of NBA wills officially opens a minute after midnight Friday. That's when teams can start calling players on the open market, inviting them in for visits, throwing around those crazy numbers. Nothing can actually be signed until Aug. 1, but the nail-biting begins immediately.

Especially in Orlando and San Antonio. Detroit and Toronto, too.

"We'll be ...

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