During the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking about what changes I’d make in the NBA if I could. Some franchises are creating Superteams, others are tanking. Some franchises are on pins and needles that their star players might leave, others are actively recruiting players (cough – Magic Johnson – cough)
So here’s what I have so far. It’s less of a complete plan and more of a list of basic rules that I’ve come up with. Most of this will never, ever come to pass. In fact, I’d be surprised if any of it were put into place. But a man can dream, right? Would love your feedback, ideas and (constructive) criticisms:
- Every summer, the league projects estimated BRI for the next season in the same way that they do now. A team salary target figure for each franchise is determined by taking the total projected BRI figure, multiplying it by 55%, then subtracting estimated player benefits and then dividing by 30. This target figure replaces the current salary cap.
- 12 salary slots per team are determined as defined percentages of the team salary target figure. See chart belowPlayer 1 (22% of the team salary target figure)
Player 2 (18%)
Player 3 (15%)
Player 4 (12%)
Player 5 (9%)
Player 6 (6%)
Player 7 (4%)
Player 8 (4%)
Player 9 (3%)
Player 10 (3%)
Player 11 (2%)
Player 12 (2%)
- Every team must pay 12 players according to the scale. Additional players can be signed for minimum salary contracts
- Minimum salaries continue on the existing scale, with players continuing to make more based on years of service. Any amount over the level of 2 years of service is reimbursed by the league.
- Every contract is for one year.
- Players are guaranteed at least 55% of BRI. If the amount drops below 55% of actual BRI in a season, the amount of the team salary target is adjusted up for the next season. No adjustment down is ever made.
- Every summer, teams offer salary slots to players. If the player is an unwaived free agent or an unsigned draft pick, that player must accept the team’s offer in order to play in the NBA.
- If a player is waived either during the season or during the offseason, he is free to sign with any team that he receives an offer from.
- Once a team has signed players to fill all of its 12 mandatory salary slots, any remaining unwaived free agents are automatically waived
- 1st round draft picks must be offered one of the 12 mandatory salary slots. 2nd round draft picks must be offered at least a minimum salary contract. If an unsigned draft pick signs a contract with another team in another league, his draft rights are not lost by the NBA team that drafted him, as long as the team makes an offer each year.
- Trades do not have to match salary. If a player is traded, he keeps his guaranteed salary amount from the team that traded him. The receiving team must have roster space to fit in incoming player, but does not necessarily have to have an open salary slot.
- If a player is signed to a contract and is waived before the start of the season, he is paid 1/2 of the contract amount. Any player waived during the season is paid his full guaranteed salary amount.
- If a player is waived that had one of the 12 defined salary slots, the team waiving him has that slot available and has 7 days to either sign a free agent to that salary slot or change the salary amount of a minimum salary player to fill that salary slot.
- A team must have 12 players on their roster at all times and under normal circumstances can have up to 15 players on their roster. A team’s active roster for any given game can be up to 15 players.
- A team may petition the league for another minimum salary roster spot if they have more than 5 injured players (ie, they can have 16 players on their roster).
A team may petition the league for two additional minimum salary roster spots if they have more than 6 injured players (ie, they can have 17 players on their roster)
A team may petition the league for three additional minimum salary roster spots if they have more than 7 injured players (ie, they can have 18 players on their roster)
- No team may have more than 15 players on their roster during the season without making petition as described in Rule 15. No team may have more than 18 players on their roster during the season for any reason whatsoever.
- Draft position for the 1st round of the draft is predetermined for each team for each year. Teams will progress from year to year in their draft position thusly:
(then back to the top, to having the 1st pick)
- Draft position for the 2nd round of the draft is based on the regular season record for the previous year, with the team with the worst record getting the highest pick. Coin tosses will be used to break ties for 2nd round position.
- Profit sharing. Each team puts 50% of their income into the profit sharing fund. That fund is divided into 30 equal parts between all teams.
- The 10 year rule. Every player with at least 10 years of NBA service has a one-time opportunity to become a free agent by his own choice. The player can choose to become a free agent at any time of his choosing (ie, after 10 years, after 12 years or after 15 years) but can only do so once in their career.
Soooooooo…whattya think? Or, alternately, what rule(s) would you put into place if you had the power to implement them?