View Full Version : Contract Lengths and Guarantees May Be NBA’s Targets

10-08-2010, 06:18 AM
Lengthy contracts and guaranteed salaries can make it tough for teams to recover from bad decisions. Commissioner David Stern wants to remedy that in the next collective bargaining agreement, which is currently being negotiated. In a session with New York reporters, he said he wanted the sides to “come up with a system where teams are not doomed by their past mistakes for inordinate lengths of time, so the fans can have hope.”

Stern declined to offer specific mechanisms but mentioned “shorter contracts or less guaranteed money” as potential solutions. The union will resist both measures. The league has created several new limits on contracts over the years, instituting maximum salaries in 1999, and reducing contract length to no more than six years in 2005.

But most player contracts are guaranteed, and a waived player still counts against the salary cap, making it hard for teams to rebuild. The Knicks were in salary-cap purgatory for the last decade because of poor decisions by Scott Layden and Isiah Thomas.
Stern: the system is broken ... and it's not the owners/GMs fault ... but let's allow Owners/GMs to continue to make bad decisions but with a 'get out of jail free' card.

"The more things change, the more they stay the same."

As long as everyone's happy, but I'm sure the Player's Union is gonna throw this back in their face when it comes time for negotiations.

10-08-2010, 06:55 AM
No offense, but while this might be news to your average NYT reader, I'm pretty sure this is all the most basic of info for most fans and PSD readers.