Re: Good for Stern!
posted at 12/9/2011 10:15 AM EST
In Response to Re: Good for Stern!
[QUOTE]Nothing wrong with players saying where they want to play. It's still up to the owners to make the trade. The issue is players like DH or Paul have another year left on their contracts. If their teams dont make a trade and allow the contracts to expire, they will get nothing.
Posted by Karllost[/QUOTE]
Maybe there should be no such thing as an unrestricted free agent in the NBA.
Maybe when a players contract with a team runs out, and a player wishes to sign with the highest bidder or where-ever, compensation, adequate compensation, based on the players statistical place in the league, number of years, and the position played should be paid by the team that signs the player.
Some such system would insure that teams like the Hornets would be compensated by whoever signs the player who is walking, Paul, in this case.
Otherwise big market teams will continue to dominate the free agent market and players and teams will collude to game the system.
The free agent system is broken, at any rate. What Stern did was put the brakes on.
If NFL type parity is the NBA's goal then steps must be taken in that direction. It's a mess right now in the wake of the Miami big three and now, players who want to gravitate to LA or NY to form super-teams.