Re: Slow news day - so here is my "team" for next year
posted at 6/28/2011 3:10 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Slow news day - so here is my "team" for next year
[QUOTE]The owners that get the top players probably aren't complaining but for competitive balance it's probably going to change the landscape of the league. The problem isn't so much with paying the top guys, it's the average/marginal players that are making a killing. Also nowadays guys like Bron are making more off the court in endorsements than they are in salary. Some want to say they're now turning down more money but it's really smoke and mirrors. IMO, Bron didn't do the smart thing, he did the easy thing. He showed who he really is and until they win a title we can't call it a smart move. All smart moves aren't easy but all easy moves look smart. I'm a fan not a player and as a fan I like the NFL model because your team can always keep it's best player and still go out and sign other players depending on how you value those players. It doesn't always work out for the player but what these guys are doing NOW is they all want to play in Miami, LA, NY or Chicago/big markets. Durant went old school. If the NBA had a Franchise Tag in place I would've hoped the Celtics used it on Perk. I'm sure Orlando would like to use a tag on Howard. Cut the contracts to 3 years so Howard could be a UFA without a tag in 3 years, it gives the team time to build around him. It also helps your GM from doing stupid stuff (Clippers call your office) year in and year out.
Posted by BiasLewis[/QUOTE]
I agree with you about MeBron, and I think the kids of today will suffer. Durant and Rose will probably be with their teams for life.
My opinion on the franchise tag is this - owners want it, players don't. I can see a compromise as this - each team gets ONE francshise player. Pay him what you can work out, and it does NOT count against the cap. The other 14 players you have will have to have combined salaries of 46-58 mill or whatever it is. 3 yr deals max, and you can rotate your franchise tag every year if you want.
Celtics, for example, would use it on KG next year, since he makes the most. THEN, after next year, it is OPEN, meaning that is a lure for a FA to come here. There will have to be some kind of lure to get players to come to BOS, NJ, MN and Utah, since we don't have the weather!!