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    NBA Mock Offseason Rules

    Rules

    ALL ROSTERS WILL BE STARTING A DAY AFTER THE FINALS. No Real Life trades are in effect for this game.

    For salary information look here.


    Expansion / Contraction Draft
    Teams that made the 2018-19 NBA Playoffs can protect THREE players. One non protected player will be picked and entered in the draft. Teams that did not make the playoffs get one Amnesty in which they can amnesty one player on their roster. Players picked or amnestied have their salaries removed. If you amnesty a player you are not allowed to select that player in the 1st round. If they fall to the 2nd, there fair game. Every player drafted will operate under the rookie pay scale. The Lottery teams will be announced via twitch once the game has started, date pending.

    You cannot protect a player that has a player option

    Non Guaranteed contracts - Deadline DATE PENDING at 7PM to cut them. All are accepted and/or become guaranteed at that point

    Rookie Scale Picks 1-30 here.
    2nd Round Draft picks make an un-guaranteed $1,000,000

    Team draft with 28 teams. The teams that don't get picked will have their players enter the draft with the exception of any superstars who will instead enter Free Agency.

    Trading
    Any team that has traded for picks in real life will not lose them if the team that traded them is not picked in game. You cannot trade overseas assets (unless they are coming over this offseason IRL) and you cannot trade future draft picks. All trades must have something going to each team. No straight dumps are allowed.

    GMs may add their own protections on their picks prelottery. IE, the Clippers send the lowest of their 2 lottery picks to Team B. Now due to this protection, the Clippers must then retain at least 2 lottery picks until the lottery.

    You can trade freely under the 132 million hard cap, but you can never go over. Teams over will have until free agency to get under.

    Trades must be sent to commish Super

    A gets:
    Salary before:
    Salary after:

    B gets:
    Salary before:
    Salary after:

    Free Agency

    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 discretion. Monetary offers can only be made based on the cap room you have under the hard 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.

    Unlike in previous years there will be a hard cap and a soft cap. The soft cap is set at $109M, and the hard cap is set at $132M. To sign free agents, you must be under $109M in total salary, RFA Tenders, & Cap Holds. Draft picks do not count against your salary cap, but players drafted once the draft happens do.

    MLE - Mid Level Exception. Teams above the soft cap, but under the hard cap may sign a player to a deal up to 4 years, with the max in the 1st season capped at 9.2M (with max 5% raises).
    There is no bi-annual exception. Teams at or right below the soft cap may use the MLE to go over the soft cap as well.

    At the end of free agency there will be a period of autosigning for the vet min. This is just to fill out rosters and stop pointless bidding between vet min contracts. If you really wanted to someone before this period you should have put in a real offer.

    If you are at the $132M hard cap you may go over the $132M cap to sign ONLY veteran minimum contracts to get to 12 players, HOWEVER you can only sign players during the end game autosign period. You cannot sign a player over the hard cap during the normal section of Free Agency. Once you are over this limit and reach the 12 player roster limit, you may not add any salary. And each subsequent trade you make, you must both match salaries at 105% of the salary (or you can shed salary) AND maintain your 12 player roster limit. If you make a trade that gets you under the 132 million hard cap, you may not go over again, even if you only have 10 players under contract. You also can't make a trade that gets you below 12 players if you are over the $132M hard cap.

    This may be repeated multiple times, but do NOT under ANY circumstances PM ANY COMMISSIONER 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.

    Cap Holds
    Your team's free agents have what is called a "cap hold." This is an amount of money that is charged to your team's salary cap number, even though the player isn't under contract. This is a deliberate ploy that exists to close a loophole; if cap holds didn't exist, it's theoretically possible for a team to have its entire roster become free agents at the same time, have their entire cap to spend on other team's free agents, and then use Bird rights to re-sign their own ones afterwards. And that would be disingenuous. This way, your free agents eat into your cap room, forcing you to prioritize a bit better.

    To figure out how much of a cap hold a player is for you
    • First-round pick coming off rookie contract: 300% of previous salary if prior salary was below league average; 250% of previous salary if prior salary was above league average.
    • Bird player: 190% of previous salary (if below average) or 150% (if above average).
    • Early Bird player: 130% of previous salary.
    • Non-Bird player: 120% of previous salary.
    • Minimum-salary player: Two-year veteranís minimum salary, unless the free agent only has one year of experience, in which case itís the one-year veteranís minimum.
    • Two-way player: One-year veteranís minimum salary.


    There are two ways to remove cap holds. One is to actually sign the players to new contracts. As soon as a contract is completed, the player's new salary replaces the cap hold on the balance sheet.
    The other is to do what's known as "renouncing" the player. This removes the player's cap hold, but prevents that team from using the Larry Bird Exception to go over the cap and sign him. If you were to go down this route, we will have a thread set up for you to renounce the free agents you want to renounce.

    Non Bird Rights - Every veteran player who finishes the season on an NBA roster should qualify for at least the Non-Bird exception. Even if a player is waived halfway through the season and signs a rest-of-season contract with another team, he'll earn Non-Bird rights at the end of the year. Teams are permitted to sign their own free agents using the Non-Bird exception for a salary starting at 120% of the player's previous salary, 120% of the minimum salary, or the amount of a qualifying offer (if the player is a restricted free agent), whichever is greater. Contracts can be for up to four years, with 4.5% annual raises.

    Early Bird exception - The lesser form of the Larry Bird exception is the "early Bird" exception. Free agents who qualify for this exception are called "early qualifying veteran free agents", and qualify after playing two seasons with the same team. Players that are traded or claimed off waivers have their Bird rights transferred to their new team. Using this exception, a team can re-sign its own free agent for either 175% of his salary the previous season, or the NBA's average salary, whichever is greater. Early Bird contracts must be for at least two seasons, but can last no longer than four seasons.


    Promises & Recruiting
    Unlike previous years, where players can't be traded based on their all-nba level status if they are used in a recruiting pitch, we'll have a case by case basis this year. So this means that if a player is heavily used in the recruiting pitch (maybe Dwayne Wade for example), we as the agent of the free agent may request the team promise they not trade the player. IF the free agent signs, you are now bound by that promise (i.e., that player essentially has a NTC now). You do NOT have to make that promise in your pitch. That is entirely up to you. It may or may not affect the FA's decision. That is a risk you'll have to calculate on your own.

    We will also be judicious in requesting promises from teams i.e. we aren't going to take some scrub FA and only sign him with your team if you promise not to trade some other scrub player. Most of the requested promises will involve the top players. However, if someone like a Wade is a big part of your pitch, we can request the promise that he not be traded. And again, you DO NOT have to grant it. That's up to you. To get your NTC/Promise clauses waived, post in the thread. DO NOT PM. Everything is going to be public. That's the risk of the NTC/promise clause.

    Holdouts
    Sometimes a player will demand to be traded.

    Reasons why
    1. Real Life, IRL players ask to be traded. If the situation warrants it, it'll be reflected here
    2. Promises Broken (see free agency, subsection promises)
    3. Player promised a starting position and the minutes that being a starter entails. Holds out for a trade when another is promised his position or minutes until the situation is rectified.

    To deal with a holdout, a GM must respond in the Holdouts thread. A GM can do a few things to rectify a player holding out. They can talk a player out of it or trade the player. Promises made in the holdout thread will count as future promises. If a player has to holdout for a second time, it's unlikely they'll want to remain with that team

    Punishments
    Punishments for violating the cap rules and/or breaking a promise to a FA who has signed will be the following:
    1st offense: 10 million dollar fine of your hard cap
    2nd offense: DQ

    No Trade Clauses
    Since players can waive their NTCs in real life, we'll allow that in the game. For this to happen, we'll have a thread where you can pitch (in like a few sentences) to the commishes and we'll either agree to waive the NTC or decline. Since you will have presumably agreed to a trade, you'll probably want to mention the trade in the short pitch. The agents (us) will probably rarely agree to waive it but you are welcome to try. Each team has ONE no trade clause they can use. Its only used when a player accepts a contract with a NTC. Players with 8+ years of service are eligible to be offered a NTC in free agency, everyone else is not.

    The following factors will play varying roles in the decisions of free agents
    Situation (fit)
    Money
    Winning
    Sales pitch

    As unrealistic as it may be, market will not play a role in the decisions of free agents. This prevents teams like Sacramento, Minnesota, Phoenix 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.

    Max Contracts


    Veteran Minimum Salaries
    (Experience -- Salary)
    0 YOS - $815,615
    1 YOS - $1,312,611
    2 YOS - $1,471,382
    3 YOS - $1,524,305
    4 YOS - $1,577,230
    5 YOS - $1,709,538
    6 YOS - $1,841,849
    7 YOS - $1,974,159
    8 YOS - $2,106,470
    9 YOS - $2,116,955
    10 YOS - $2,328,652

    Veteran Minimum Salary Benefit
    Signing veterans with 3 or more years of experience to one-year, minimum salary contracts. Those deals will only count against the cap for $1,471,382, the minimum salary for a player with two years of experience. Yes this is the same rule the NFL Mock has, and yes it is a real NBA rule

    Unrestricted Free Agents & Sign and Trades
    When two teams have agreed to a sign & trade scenario for a UFA, they both present the contract offer to the UFA and hope the player accepts the deal. The UFA can only sign a 4 year max with 5% increases if they are signing with a new team, regardless of whether its a sign & trade or normal signing.

    Restricted Free Agents:
    When two teams have agreed to a sign & trade scenario for an RFA, they both present the contract offer to the RFA. If the player accepts, the deal is complete. If the player declines the offer, he is free to sign with another team but still under the "RFA" title or the three sides can renegotiate the contract offer. However, if said RFA accepts a different team's contract, then that player cannot be matched by the team with bird rights, and thus cannot be traded to the original team that offered him a contract.
    Example:
    Chicago offers Eric Gordon 4 years & max money in a s&t with NOH. Gordon declines. Then New York offers him the same contract. Eric Gordon accepts. New Orleans can negotiate a s&t scenario with New York City or retain the player. New Orleans is prohibited from trading Eric Gordon to Chicago at this point in time.


    Trading Signed Free Agents
    Players recently signed in free agency cannot be traded for 5 days, or if Free Agency ends, whichever comes closer. Be warned, trading a signed free agent before free agency ends WILL affect your ability to sign additional free agents
    Last edited by Super.; 07-01-2019 at 08:42 PM.
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