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    2012 NBA Mock Offseason Rules/FAQ

    The Mock Offseason:

    The mock offseason is exactly what it sounds like. This game is a mock of the real-life 2012 NBA offseason. Your goal is to use your control over an NBA franchise to improve it through the draft and trades with other teams. This game begins at the point the 2012 regular season ended. Transactions made beyond that period are not valid in this mock.

    The Basics:

    1) Hardcap set at $85,000,000. Soft cap set at $58,044,000. More information on that and other salary information later in this post.

    2) Team Clubhouses should at all times include an updated depth chart, team payroll, and a list of individual salaries.

    3) Stay active. That does not require you post constantly in the lounge/talkback threads but if your activity becomes suspect, your team may be assigned to someone who can be more active.

    4) Try not to get banned. If you do, there's a very good chance you will lose your job as GM.

    The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder:

    1) The GM pool is getting deeper and more talented every game. Years ago, a GM could have taken over the 2007 Spurs or the 2008 Celtics and found a way to ruin them. That's hardly the case these days. The Thunder and Heat are quite stacked and leaving them as is would make the task of the vast majority of GMs participating in this game far too simple.

    2) To compensate for the amount of competence (that's what I said), we'll be making some modifications to both rosters. Russell Westbrook of the Thunder and Dwyane Wade of the Heat will be subtracted from their respective teams and dispersed into the free agent pool. Both teams remain ridiculous in their amount of talent (still the top two teams in the league in all likelihood and clearly the two best players), but it's not unreasonable to beat them for opposing teams now and more of a challenge to work with for the GMs who inherit them.

    The Draft:

    1) The draft lottery will be simulated based on the 14 lottery teams from the 2011-2012 NBA season.

    2) Draft picks can be traded immediately after trading begins.

    3) Lottery picks can be traded prior to the lottery itself (at your own risk).

    Free Agency:

    A separate thread with more information on the new CBA rules will be posted at a later date.

    1) When free agency begins, you have the option of pursuing free agents to join your team. Create a thread in the appropriate forum and make your pitch. What you decide to include in your pitch is at your discresion.

    2) Monetary offers can only be made based on the cap room you have under the soft cap. For instance, if you have enough cap space to offer one max contract you can only offer it to one player at a time.

    **3) This may be repeated multiple times, but do NOT under ANY circumstances PM me, ebbs, or Corey anything in any way related to an unsigned free agent. If you have questions, they must be asked through VM, the lounge, or some other means available for viewing by everyone. If you ignore this and PM one of us with a question relating to an available free agent, it can and probably will negatively impact your pursuit of said free agent.

    4) As unrealistic as it may be, market will not play a role in the decisions of free agents. This prevents teams like Sacramento, Minnesota, Charlotte, etc. from being handicapped in their pursuit of free agents. That does not mean free agents will line up to sign with those teams if they still suck.

    The following factors will play varying roles in the decisions of free agents. This is what myself, Corey, and ebbs will be basing our decisions on:

    Situation (fit)
    Money
    Winning
    Sales pitch

    Location may or may not play a role in a free agent's decision, but it will be weighed the least of any contributing factors. So just because Steve Nash is from Canada, that doesn't guarantee the Raptors a leg up in pursuit of him. I reiterate that market will play no role.

    5) Many people have already asked and I realize it's important for planning, so here are the exact numbers for those interested in the value of max contracts:

    0-6 years of service:
    Teams with bird-rights can offer 5 years with maximum annual increases of 7.5%

    4-Year Maximum Contract (with max increases):
    Year 1: $13,674,480
    Year 2: $14,700,066
    Year 3: $15,802,571
    Year 4: $16,987,764
    Total: $61,164,881

    5-Year Maximim Contract (with max increases)
    Year 1: $13,674,480
    Year 2: $14,700,066
    Year 3: $15,802,571
    Year 4: $16,987,764
    Year 5: $18,261,846
    Total: $79,426,727

    7-9 years of service:
    Teams with bird-rights can offer 5 years with maximum annual increases of 7.5%

    4-Year Maximum Contract
    Year 1: $16,409,376
    Year 2: $17,640,079
    Year 3: $18,963,085
    Year 4: $20,385,317
    Total: $73,358,568

    5-Year Maximum Contract:
    Year 1: $16,409,376
    Year 2: $17,640,079
    Year 3: $18,963,085
    Year 4: $20,385,317
    Year 5: $21,914,216
    Total: $95,272,784

    10+ years of service:
    Teams with bird-rights can offer 5 years with maximum annual increases of 7.5%

    4-Year Maximum Contract:
    Year 1: $19,144,272
    Year 2: $20,580,092
    Year 3: $22,123,599
    Year 4: $23,782,869
    Total: $85,630,832

    5-Year Maximum Contract:
    Year 1: $19,144,272
    Year 2: $20,580,092
    Year 3: $22,123,599
    Year 4: $23,782,869
    Year 5: $25,566,584
    Total: $111,197,416

    Roster/Salary/Trade Rules:

    2012-2013: http://www.storytellerscontracts.com/

    1) The maximum roster amount is 15 players. The minimum is 12. This means at the conclusion of the game, you must have at least 12 players and no more than 15. If your roster does not meet these requirements, I will add/remove the necessary number of players. Your team cannot be disqualified from awards/playoff eligibility for a roster technicality.

    2) Under the new CBA, all teams are granted the option of utilizing an amnesty cut on one of the players on their roster. For the teams who have not already exercised that in real life, that option still remains. This is strictly optional. More information will be provided on amnesty cuts in a separate thread to come.

    3) Given the spike in trading activity created by last mock's new soft/hard cap rule, those rules will stay the same. Rather than paraphrase MHC and KoB, I'll let them tell you what I mean:

    Soft cap of $58.044 Million. We are scrapping the current cap system and adopting a new system. In order to make the luxury tax a part of the mock off-season, we have adopted a new rule that states no team can exceed 85 million in team salary. So at no point ever in the game can you go 22 million or more over the soft cap of 58.044 million (this excludes those teams that start with *85M+ salary). This is to ensure restricted free agency and the decision to pick up a team option on a player finally means something in the mock off-season. In years past restricted free agents were always retained by their old team, with this maximum team salary, teams will have to think twice about matching any free agent offer. Trades no longer have to be equal in salary when you are over the soft cap of 58.044 million. What this means is that, you may make lopsided trades (in terms of salary) at any point of the game and not worry about having the salaries matching up. What you cannot do however is ever exceed 85 million in total payroll.

    4) We're not going to be too uptight about the format in which you submit trades, but for your own benefit please include your total payroll before and after the transaction. This will help us prevent any team from being disqualified for going over the salary cap.

    Trading Free Agents:

    1) Contrary to the rules of the past, trading free agents in this game will be permitted. This is a mock of the offseason, but since we go directly from the end of the game to playoff seeding/voting, we skip any mock of the regular season. It is not uncommon for a free agent who was signed in the offseason to be traded as early as January or at the trade deadline of the subsequent season. This game will be no different.

    2) In this game, you can trade a signed free agent (regardless of whether or not you ever had bird rights on him), at the conclusion of the free agent signing period.

    3) Should you so choose, your team has the option of including a no-trade clause in the contract you offer a free agent. For the sake of this game, you do not need bird rights on a free agent to include this provision in their contract. Be aware that if this clause is included in the offer and the free agent accepts, you will not be able to trade that free agent. In a tight bidding war, the inclusion of such a provision may or may not positively impact your pursuit of the free agent in question.
    Last edited by Catfish1314; 06-24-2012 at 10:52 PM. Reason: Addition to trading free agent rules

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    For those of you with questions regarding max contracts, see bullet #5 under the Free Agency section.

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    Bullet #3 added to the Trading Free Agents section.

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    If a player retires IRL do they do so in here? I know places have treated it differently
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    If they retired by the end of the regular season, yes they have retired.

    So if Kevin Garnett retires soon, that won't apply in this game.

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    Ah ok, thanks for that.
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    2nd round picks aren't guaranteed a contract right? Do we just keep their rights if we don't sign them?

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    Right. Corey has the link to the 1st round rookie scale contracts. I'll have to get it from him and post it here. We're not going to count 2nd round picks against your cap but they do occupy roster spaces if you don't cut them.

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    So say I have 11 players signed then the 2nd round pick unsigned, that means, I'm qualified for the 12 man roster minimum?

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    Well you need 12 players in your rotation. When the match-ups are posted for the playoffs in the NBA forum or to be eligible for playoff voting to begin with, you have to have a 12 active players.

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    So unsigned 2nd rounders count against the roster per-se but aren't actually on the roster?

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    If 2nd round picks are on your roster, we're going to assume they're signed.

    If they're on your roster, their presence contributes to your roster count. They can be active or inactive just like any other player. Since 2nd round draft picks are not provided with guaranteed contracts, they just won't count against your cap for the sake of this game.

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    What is the rookie scale? Trying to figure out our cap, but I don't see it listed...


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    If you are over the cap what is the maximum offer you can make to a bird rights player?


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