If there was one thing I thought small market owners would fight to keep out of the new NBA labor deal it was the sign-and-trade. It’s what LeBron James and Chris Bosh had after-the-fact. It can be used to hold a smaller market hostage. The player gets his money and his ticket to a new team (although the original team does get something back rather than just lose a player to free agency).
But in all the tweets following the lockout yesterday was this from ESPN’s Marc Stein (something later confirmed by NBA.com’s David Aldridge and others).
Example of “system” issue where NBA owners/players now agree? Sign-and-trades. WILL be allowed in new deal after fears they’d be outlawed
Players love the sign-and-trade — move to a preferred team and still get the old-team extra money? You bet they are down with that.
Sign-and-trades favor the wealthy teams, allowing them to bring in high priced deals that will be around a while. Which is why I’m surprised it survived. Maybe there are enough provisions in whatever the new luxury tax will be that the owners feel safe it can’t be abused. For example, Stein suggests whether luxury-tax paying teams would be allowed to use it to bring in more talent remains to be seen.
But it looks like it will be back.
It was an ugly mess watching Carmelo Anthony force his way out of Denver last season.
But for Anthony, it was the right move. He looks at the ongoing lockout, the lost games, the limbo he would be in as a free agent and thinks how he handled everything worked out for the best.
That’s what he told Newsday.
“I think I did the right thing,” Anthony told reporters Wednesday while promoting the release of his new Jordan Brand sneaker, Melo8, in Manhattan…
“For the average person out there who really thought I was just trying to get up and just leave for no reason, that really was a big key in my decision,” Anthony said about the lockout. “I knew free agency was coming, I knew it would be altered, I knew it’d be messed up, so imagine if I’d have stayed. I’d have been a free agent now in limbo.”
Anthony is right, for him this was the smart play and worked out like he hoped. No doubt.
But I’d still argue — as Donnie Walsh did at the time — that the Knicks would have been better off not blowing up their team to get him. Melo was going to come to New York anyway, if they had waited for him to go into limbo then signed him to a deal under the new labor rules they’d have some solid role players to put around their two stars (or pieces to trade to get what they need). Now they have to find good fits again, and it will not be easy under the new salary structure (whatever it is).
I am going to watch as much of this as I have the Lamar Odom/Khloe Kardashian reality show.
But because we know some of you out there can’t wait to see another reality show about another NBA star, we bring you the official trailer from “LaLa’s Full Court Life.” This was actually filmed through the time of the trade from Denver to New York, but it will focus on LaLa and her family, not Mike D’Antoni’s defensive scheme. (Can you fill a half hour show with D’Antoni’s defensive schemes?)
Hat tip to I am a GM for this (or if you don’t like it, blame them).