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How do free agent cards work in NBA 2K23 MyTEAM mode?

I‘m so glad you asked! As your virtual gaming buddy, let me walk you through everything you need to know about how free agent cards function in NBA 2K23‘s super fun MyTEAM mode.

Free agent cards are special limited-use player cards with juiced up ratings and badges that can give your MyTEAM squad a huge boost. But you can only use them temporarily before they disappear forever!

Let me break it all down for you so you can dominate with free agents in NBA 2K23:

What exactly are free agent cards?

In simple words, free agent cards are player cards in MyTEAM that are rated very highly but can only be used for 5 games. After you‘ve played 5 games with the card, it will vanish from your collection.

  • They have high overall ratings, usually amethyst (85-89), diamond (90-94) or pink diamond (95-97)
    Loaded with lots of Hall of Fame, gold, silver and bronze badges
    Expire after just 5 games in MyTEAM modes
    *Received as login bonuses, agenda rewards, or in special packs

These cards are like short-term basketball mercenaries – they come in, provide stellar play for a few games, and ride off into the sunset.

How do you use them most effectively?

To fully maximize these limited-use beastly cards, here are some expert tips from yours truly:

  • Start them every game – Slot them into your starting 5 so they play the most minutes.

  • Surround them with players who complement their skills – Put shooters around a slasher free agent, defenders with a scoring free agent, etc.

  • Save them for your most difficult games – Free agents can help you overcome challenges like Spotlights or god squads in Unlimited.

  • Limit their minutes after a few games – Once you‘ve used 3-4 games, reduce their minutes to prolong the card‘s lifespan.

  • Use all 5 games – Don‘t let them disappear after only 1 or 2 games!

And here are situations when you should avoid using free agents:

  • Easier games against weaker opponents – Save them for tougher matchups when you really need them.

  • Limited requirements that restrict their eligibility – Like a "Current Players Only" Limited weekend.

  • When you already played a few games and want to stretch out their usefulness.

  • If you have better permanent options at their position – Use on your biggest roster gaps and weaknesses.

Where can you get free agent cards?

There are a handful of ways to get your hands on these temporary basketball gems:

Log-in bonuses

  • 2K will gift free agent cards for simply logging into the game on certain days.

  • For example, log in on Fridays for a chance at a free agent.

  • Check the login bonus page to see available free agents.

Agenda rewards

  • Certain agendas list a free agent as the completion prize.

  • Agendas involve challenges like making 3PMs, getting steals, scoring with specific players, etc.

  • New agendas added regularly, so check for free agent rewards.

Special packs

  • Occasionally special packs with guaranteed free agents are released.

  • These packs are expensive – usually 50k+ MT or 200k+ VC.

  • Contains a mix of standard cards and free agent cards.

Auction house

  • Bid to try and win free agent cards listed for auction by other users.

  • Prices vary based on player, ratings and badges.

  • Snipe last minute expiring auctions or bids ending soon.

Locker codes

  • Limited locker codes sometimes provide free agent card rewards.

  • After entering the code, you get random prizes like MT, tokens or players.

  • Locker codes expire quickly, so redeem ASAP!

Can you keep free agent cards permanently?

This is one of the most asked questions about free agents, so let me break the bad news gently. There is no way to keep free agent cards forever once their 5 game limit is up.

They don‘t enter free agency where you can re-sign them. And there‘s no option to use MT or tokens to extend their contracts. Once those 5 games are up, they ride off into the sunset for good!

The only way to get them again is if you‘re lucky enough to receive another version as a login reward or agenda prize. But each individual free agent card expires forever after 5 games.

How to maximize the value you get from free agents

To help you get the absolute most bang for your buck from these short-term ballers, here are some expert tips:

  • Compare your team‘s roster gaps and biggest needs
  • Study their key badges and hot zones before using them
  • Check their cost vs buying permanent cards on the auction house
  • Read reviews and see how others rate each free agent‘s performance
  • Save them for your most difficult challenges and sweaty online opponents
  • Consider pairing two lower-tier free agents to fill multiple needs

Trust me, with these tips you‘ll get the full juice out of your free agents!

Examples of amazing free agent cards

Just to give you an idea of the types of juiced up free agents 2K has dropped in the past:

  • Pink Diamond LeBron James (OVR 97)
  • Galaxy Opal Kevin Durant (OVR 98)
  • Pink Diamond Steph Curry (OVR 95)
  • Galaxy Opal Shaquille O‘Neal (OVR 98)
  • Pink Diamond Anthony Davis (OVR 94)
  • Galaxy Opal Pau Gasol (OVR 98)

The free agents will get better and better as the year goes on. But these examples show the elite-tier players you can add for a limited time!

Final tips to dominate with free agents

Let me drop some final knowledge bombs to ensure you crush your opponents with free agents:

  • Don‘t hoard them forever – their value is getting those 5 games in.
  • Check MyTEAM Community Hub for user reviews on each free agent.
  • Badges and hot zones make a HUGE difference – study them closely!
  • Redeem locker codes with free agents IMMEDIATELY before they expire!
  • Fill your biggest roster gaps and lineup weaknesses.
  • Occasionally rip packs with guaranteed free agents.
  • Save them for your most difficult challenges and online matchups.

Whew, that was a lot of in-depth info! Let me know if you have any other questions about how to dominate with free agents in NBA 2K23 MyTEAM mode. I‘m always happy to help out a friend! Just remember to use those short-term ballers wisely.



Michael Reddy is a tech enthusiast, entertainment buff, and avid traveler who loves exploring Linux and sharing unique insights with readers.