The draft debate

The draft debate

Post by scott johns » Wed, 06 Jul 1994 15:44:36


The other point of contention between the league and the player's association
is the draft.  The NBAPA argues that the draft is unfair, and that any player
should be free to negotiate with any team, including rookies.  The league
counters that the draft is a useful instrument in achieving parity, as it gives
weaker teams a chance to develop younger talent.  In my opinion, both sides have
a point, thus I propose the following compromise:

1)      Restricted free agency, and the right of first refusal, shall be
        abolished.

2)      The draft will be two rounds, with each team being able to pick one
        player in each round.  Teams may exchange and/or option their picks,
        with the following exceptions:

        a)      No team may go two consecutive years without a first round
        pick, or make any trades which cause them to be in violation of this
        rule.

        b)      No team may make any trades which would cause another team to
        lose rights previously granted, when exercise of those rights would
        cause a team to be in violation of (a) above.

3)      Teams may sign their own draft choices without regard to any salary
        cap or payroll limitation.

4)      Teams may sign the draft choices of other teams, under the following
        conditions.

        a)      All such contracts will be goverened by any salary cap or
                payroll limitiation as negotiated by the league and its teams
                and the players.
        b)      After such contract is signed, it will not become effective for
                one week.  During this week, the team which selected the player
                in the draft will have exclusive rights to negotiate with the
                player, if player and team agree to do so.  If an agreement is
                reached, then this agreement becomes valid, and the other
                contract negotiated shall become null and void.
        c)      If such contract is signed, and both the player and the team
                which selected him agree to waive the one week negotiation
                period, then the contract shall become effective immediately.
        d)      In all cases where a player negotiates a contract with a team
                other than that which selected him, the team which selected him
                will be entitled to compensation, by the team which signs the
                player in question.  Compensation will be determined by the
                following schedule, depending on where in the draft the player
                in question was selected.
                i)   If the player was selected with the first (1st) through
                     fifth (5th) pick of the draft, the selecting team shall
                     be entitled to its choice of any player on under contract
                     with the signing team (excepting the player drafted), OR
                     the next two first-round picks owned by the signing team,
                     such that neither (2a) or (2b) are violated, OR a cash
                     settlement.
                ii)  If the player was selected with the sixth (sixth) through
                     seven***th (17th) pick of the draft, the selecting team
                     shall be entitled to its choice of any player under
                     contract with the signing team, excepting the player
                     drafted, and one player which the signing team may protect,
                     OR, the next first round pick and the next second round
                     pick owned by the signing team, such that neither (2a) or
                     (2b) are violated, ORA a cash settlement.
                iii) If the player was selected with the eigh***th (18th)
                     through twenty-ninth (29th) pick of the draft, the
                     selecting team shall be entitled to its choice of any
                     player under contract with the signing team, excepting the
                     player drafted, and two other players which the signing
                     team may protect, OR, the next first round pick owned by
                     the signing team, such that neither (2a) or (2b) are
                     violated, OR a cash settlement.
                iv)  If the player was selected with the thirtieth (30th) pick
                     or higher, the selecting team shall be entitled to its
                     choice of any player under contract with the signing team,
                     excepting the player drafter, and three other players
                     which the signing team may protect, OR, the next second
                     round pick owned by the signing team, OR a cash settlement.
        e)      If the signing team disapproves of the drafting team's choice
                of compensation, than they may void the contract.  
        f)      The drafting team has no right of first refusal, only the right
                to a negotiation period, and the right to expect compensation.
        g)      If a player is taken as compensation as outlined in (d), the
                transaction will be made without regard to any salary cap or
                payroll limitation.

5)      Undrafted players may be signed by any team, without compensation due
        any other.  All such contracts are goverened by any salary cap or
        payroll limitation, as negotiated by the league, its teams, and its
        players.

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Basically what this says is:

Part 1 ends restricted free agency.

Part 2 continues the draft.  2a is the Ted Stepien rule, and 2b bans trades
which would cause any team to be in violation of 2a if options they owned are
exercised.  (In other words, if Golden State owns the choice of Phoenix's
first round pick in either 1994 or 1995, Phoenix may not trade its first round
pick in 1996, as this would cause Phoenix to be in violation of the Ted Stepien
rule if Golden State opts for Phoenix's 1995 pick.)

Part 3 exempts draft choices from the salary cap.

Part 4 details the process by which teams may sign OTHER teams free agents.  
4a states that these transactions ARE covered by the salary cap.  4b provides
for a one-week "are you sure" period, where the drafting team may try to
convince the player to change his mind.  4c allows this period to be waived if
both sides agree.  4d establishes compensation for the drafting team--either
a player, a package of draft picks, or cash.  (Remember, next year there will
be 29 teams drafting, as Vancouver and Toronto join the league.)  4e states that
the team which signs another teams draft choice may change their mind if they
don't like the compensation selected.  4f reiterates that the drafting team has
no right of first refusal, only the right to be compensated.  4g states that
any player transactions as a result of compensation are not goverened by the
salary cap.  

Part 5 states that undrafted rookies may be signed by anyone, and that these
contracts are governed by the salary cap.

Questions and comments????

/sj/

 
 
 

The draft debate

Post by Eric Mey » Thu, 07 Jul 1994 08:06:38

Quote:

>Questions and comments????

>/sj/

Scott, most of these ideas are brilliant!  Especially those regarding
the salary cap in your other post.

Unfortunately, I really don't think the NBAPA would go for your suggestions
regarding the draft unless they really are suckers.

In principle it would seem to offer more
freedom of choice to the drafted rookie, but in practice it might offer
none.  The conditions under which a team can steal another team's draft
pick are too damaging, and there would be very few circumstances in which
it might actually happen.  That's not a free market system when all other
parties must negotiate with such added disadvantages.  I mean, would the
NBAPA go for such an idea if a rule was added that allowed the owner of
the drafting team to kick the owner of the "stealing" team right in the
balls? 10 times? (Actually this would encourage female ownership of NBA
teams, so it might not be such a bad idea :^)).  

Seriously, though, your form of compensation would discourage the
strongest teams the most.  And these are exactly the teams that these
drafted rookies want to play for.  The only teams that could afford to
give up such compensation would be lousy teams, and they're the ones
that already have the draft picks.  So really I don't think that it's
going to change things much.

I think that the draft has to stay.  It's fun, it gives hope to the down
and out teams, and it adds e***ment to the proceedings by allowing a
team to mortgage its future.  The NBA just has to fight it out in court
and win.  I think the argument can be that there are many other professional
leagues around the world, and a rookie always has the opportunity of
playing overseas or in the CBA.

--
Eric (Bull fan)

 
 
 

The draft debate

Post by dw.. » Wed, 06 Jul 1994 19:57:02

Most of proposal deleted, leaving:

Quote:
>                 fifth (5th) pick of the draft, the selecting team shall
>                 be entitled to its choice of any player on under contract
>                 with the signing team (excepting the player drafted), OR
>                 shall be entitled to its choice of any player under
>                 contract with the signing team, excepting the player
>                 drafted, and one player which the signing team may protect,

    These make no sense.  The idea behind the post is that the draft is wrong
in that it forces players to play for a particular team, whether they want to
or not.  These rules would simply pass the obligation on to someone else, who
might not have any more desire to play for the drafting team than the original
player (and who would probably have considerably more seniority).  That can't
be right.

Dave