Larry Coon the noted author of the CBAFAQ, will answer your Salary Cap and Collective Bargaining Agreement questions. Larry will answers your questions about the Salary Cap, NBA trades and the upcoming CBA talks. Larry gets started at at 3pm EST
john in in:
i think cavs should go williams at #1 i think he can fill that lebron roll he has size and power and shooting i think Kyrie Irving will be next Chris Duhon once was great PG now garbage and at #4 go knight or walker or get a SG or C
Welcome to the chat, everyone! The draft is tomorrow (and all the trade rumblings that go with it), plus the league & players are kicking the negotiatons into high gear. Lots to talk about…
John, I hear they explored the idea of taking Williams #1 and then the BPA at #4, but as of this week have decided against that idea and are pretty much locked-in with Irving as the first pick. But they say they won’t make their final decision until tomorrow, in consultation with Dan Gilbert. Who knows…you may still get your wish.
alex in in:
spurs is like that team no one care about or hear about they are worst than a ghost becuz people talks about ghost n no1 talk about spurs
And that’s exactly how Spurs’ GM R.C. Buford likes it.
Matty B in :
If you were the GM of the Pacers and were offered the #2 pick for Roy Hibbert and #15 pick. Do you accept the trade? Why or why not?
They see Hibbert as one of their core guys, and shot down this idea. Personally, I think it’s worth considering, depending on whom they project to be available at 15.
Rory in :
If you were the GM of the Clippers, do you trade Kaman before resigning Jordan. I realize Iguodala is a great SF to compliment Gordon and Griffin, BUT we have no idea what the new cba is gonna look like. Gamble or wait.
With the current rules DeAndre is a restricted free agent. So two things could go wrong: 1) Restricted free agency can go away; or 2) We could get a hard cap, and they won’t be able to afford to re-sign him.
I haven’t seen any indication that restricted free agency is in danger (the players obviously don’t like anything that restricts their ability to move, but they’ve got bigger fish to fry right now), and the Clippers have one of the lower payrolls in the league right now (and still would even after a Kaman-Iggy swap). Plus the league is already backing-off the idea of a hard cap (it’s now a softer, "flex cap").
So yeah, if I’m Olshey, I take the risk.
Parker in :
If you were starting a team from scratch, which point guard from this list do you choose and why? Jose Calderon, Devin Harris or Kyle Lowry
Proably Harris, but I guess it also depends on what teammates I surround him with.
Bagman67 in Dallas, TX:
The new hard cap proposal is $62. If that stands as it is how will this affect the mavericks ability to sign all their free agents this summer?
I’m still trying to get details on the owners’ proposal, but it sounds like it’s different from what you describe. They’re shooting for a soft cap…er…"flex" cap at a median salary of about $66M, and there will still be exceptions — Stern/Silver named Bird and the Mid-Level specifically. There would also be a hard cap somewhere above that, but they didn’t specify how much higher it’d be.
So — and this is just the owners’ latest proposal, which isn’t necessarily how it’ll end up — it looks like there will continue to be some ability for teams to retain their own free agents. How much ability that would be is still unknown.
trevor in :
Can restricted/unrestricted FAs be added in multi player trades if they agree to a S&T?
(Shortest answer of the day.)
Jz in :
I dont like al jefferson, I would like to see a trade for iggy. Any chance the jazz make a move like that? They need defense and it would give a chance for favors to play more minutes. who should the jazz pick?
An Al Jefferson for Andre Iguodala trade would be something the Sixers would at least have to consider. The problem is that Jefferson doesn’t represent much salary savings, especially when compared to Kaman. The Sixers are contemplating a move at least in part for financialr reasons.
chriz in philippines:
good day larry! so is david kahn a genius now? he brought rubio in minny and has many assets team wants.. seems like his moves are effective at all.. thanks!
I think he’s a better GM than a lot of people give him credit for. That said, Rubio has yet to play a game in the NBA, and people penciling him in with the likes of Deron Williams, Derek Rose & Chris Paul are jumping the gun. I expect the team to improve this year, but it’ll take a couple more years before we can really judge how effective Kahn has been.
lang in toronto:
texas has 3 teams why dont nba move rockets out bring rockets to canada since stern is all about is money he would make alot
I’ll refer you to Eric Pincus’ chat, where you asked & got an answer to the same question.
hoove in :
Does the celtics have enough to sign two FA? Can you see Yao coming to boston?
Right now the Celtics are committed to nearly $65 million in 2011-12 — and that’s wthout Jeff Green.
I don’t think they’re going to be major players in the free agent market, beyond mid-level signings (assuming we still have a mid-level). Does Yao sign for the mid level?
The Celtics have one more year left on KG’s and Allen’s contracts. They’ll look to retool in another year.
Jim in Subic Bay, Philippines:
Larry, with the pending CBA situation. A chat based on salary cap is pretty much smoke and mirrors? NO ONE KNOWS. PURELY speculation? I know some find it intriguing? I don’t. Let’s talk about something tangible?
It depends on the question. If the question is "Will my team be able to sign X?" or "Will this trade work," then you’re right — it’s speculation. We can make INFORMED speculation based on what we know about the sides’ positions and how the negotiatins are going, but it’s still essentially speculative.
I try to make that point clear when answering these types of questions. That said, there’s plenty else to talk about that doesn’t rely on speculation, and I try to focus on those questions as well.
CHICAGO, IL in PSTOKES:
Stern doesn’t seem 2 interested in gettin a deal done! Considering his age and the amount of money he has made should owners be weary of his desires? Maybe step up and get a deal done sans STERN?
I don’t think that his age has anything to do with it. I’ll also point out that he always signs one-year contracts, and can be out of a job at any time with a no-confidence vote.
And Stern isn’t even the chief negotiatior here — Adam Silver is. Each side (this goes for the players as well) are working to get the best deal possible for their constituents. Either side is willing to go past July 1 if they can get a better deal out of it. It’s only when it goes so far that it impacts the upcoming season that things get dicey — and it becomes a trade-off between the gains via further negotiation vs. the bad effects of a continued work stoppage.
So all things considered, I don’t think your premise is based in reality.
Frank in Lake Wobegon:
Good Day Larry, So long as the players are guaranteed a % of revenue they can accept, why does it matter whether there is a "flex cap" or hard cap or whatever?
Ultimately it really does come down to that. The revenue guarantee is the primary controlling factor over how much money the players get.
The players have been adamantly against a hard cap even in principle — which I think is counterproductive. OF COURSE they’d take a hard cap if it was, say, $100 million per team, and goes up by $10 million each year (just to use an extreme example).
So it’s not the concept of a hard cap itself that they should be worrying about. It’s agreeing to one with parameters they can accept, where the revenue guarantee ensures they get the appropriate share of revenues.
Keith Z in Oakland, Ca:
Great analysis. Are you optimistic the CBA will include an amnesty program for teams to buy out bad contracts (Andris Biedrins, Golden State)? Wouldn’t a hard cap make GMs be more skilled and strategic, which would be better for the league?
Teams plan their rosters many years in advance, based on the rules that are in place at the time. When the league changes the rules, they usually do something to accommodate those teams, because their previous decisions are impacted by those rule changes. For instance, in 2005 they changed the way the luxury tax system works, so they added an amnesty provision to allow teams to make adjustments.
This time they’re talking about changing the way the salary cap itself works, so it’s reasonable to assume they’ll make provisions for teams to adjust their rosters to accommodate those changes. If it’s another amnesty provision (and it’s reasonable to assume it will be), then it will allow teams to waive a player and not have him count against the cap (not just the luxury tax like in 2005).
A hard cap will level the playing field more, so you’re right — teams will have to rely more on skill and strategy.
Marky Marc in T-Dot:
If you were the GM of the Nuggets, and were offered the #7 pick for Raymond Felton. Do you accept the deal? Why or why not.
I think they go with Lawson, so that makes Felton somewhat expendible. There are a nuimber of teams that can use him, so I’d call around and see how much I can get for him.
TonySoprano in :
Is there a way Melo and Stat take a pay cut during a duration of their contract if it helps bring another studd, because as constructed they wont be able to bring much!
Not by the current rules. It’s one of the things NY (and Miami for the same reason) had to consider when bringing those two together. It’s hard to fill out the rest of the roster. And if they tighten up the cap and/or exceptions in the next CBA, it’ll be even harder.
Steve in Peoria:
Hi larry, The Pincus story, "Inching Toward Resolution", suggests to me the owners’ various demands were just artificial ground where they can give while the real issue is the % revenue split. True?
The real issue really is the revenue split. The owners’ strategy was to cut the total money going to the players — enough to put the league as a whole in the black — then use revenue sharing from there to bring up the poorer teams and level out the playing field. At that point, rule changes — hard cap, etc. — would help with competitive balance and to keep the entire system in stasis.
The owners’ first proposal — deducting $900 million in expenses, then spliting profits 50/50 — asked for more than they needed to accomplish the above. But this is a negotiation, and that’s what you do — ask for more, then negotiate down from there.
Christian in Philippines:
If you were to start from scratch and would choose between Kidd or Nash, Kobe or Wade, LeBron or Durant, Duncan or Garnett and Shaq or Dwight. for arguments sake let’s say they’re all in their primes at the same time.
Nash, Kobe, ‘Bron, Duncan & Shaq.
Kevin C in Toronto:
Hey Larry, No stache ????what up ? No cap, hard cap, flex cap…. what’s the prevailing feeling ? With the upcoming draft, and all the rumors that follow, is it wise to wheel & deal without a new CBA??
The ‘stache has been gone for a while, but the occasional older picture continues to persist.
I never thought we’d end up with a true hard cap. I always said it’d be a "harder" cap, with fewer & weaker exceptions. it looks like they’re slowly converging on that idea.
I don’t think there will be a lot of dealing, becaue many teams will want to wait & see how the new CBA turns out. For example, if a team makes a big financial dump and later gets an amnesty clause, then maybe they wouldn’t have made that financial dump in the first place. Any deals you see are going to be the kinds of deals teams would want to make anyway, no matter how the new CBA turns out.
PSTOKES in CHICAGO, IL:
AS of right now current CBA how much financial flexibility does the BULLS have in terms of signing free agents?
Well, none. They can’t sign anybody through June 30, and on July 1 (or whenver they have an agreement) we’ll have a new CBA. So any free agent signings will be under the terms of the next CBA, not this one.
Tyler in :
Why cant teams trade future draft picks? I know there is a rule in place but what is the point of it? How does it help anything other than restrict trades?
They CAN trade future draft picks. They just can’t make a trade that leaves them without a future pick in two consecutive years. For example, if a team doesn’t have its 2013 pick, then it can’t trade either its 2012 or 2014 pick, but it can trade it’s 2015 pick.
The rule is in place because a previous owner of the Cavs, Ted Stepien, mortgaged his team’s future by trading away all its future picks in bad trades. This rule keeps this sort of situation from happening again.
Nick in Orlando:
Hey Larry, I have a question only you can answer. J-Rich’s contract expires this summer, but can he still be traded on draft night? I thought contracts expire July 1st. Thanks Larry Preciate it.
No. Any player who’s about to be a free agent (or even MIGHT be a free agent because of an option) can’t be traded.
Carlos in Jersey City, NJ:
Is it possible to trade a pick that has an option to get swapped put on it? Example 2016 NY 1st rd pick. Can they trade that?
They can trade it if it’s worded to say that they’re trading whichever of those picks they actually end up with.
Eliot in :
When are teams required to pay the luxury tax and/or final salary checks to players? Reason I ask is: is there an advantage for teams to unload contracts prior to the expiration of the CBA?
The luxury tax is based on the rosters as of the team’s final regular season game. So any roster changes at this point won’t affect the tax.
blake in Cleveland:
If you make a trade during the draft do they go by the 2010-11 salaries or 2011-12?
2010-11. Salaries switch over on July 1.
Diego in Puerto Rico:
Do you think Iverson still has a chance to help any NBA team?
Not in any meaningful way.
jon in new york, new york:
What are the significant differences between a flex cap, and a soft cap?
I’m still trying to pin down the details. From what I gather, a flex cap is a lower soft cap and a higher hard cap. But I also heard mention of flexible spending, where extra money spent one year needs to be made up in later years.
Devin in Phoenix, AZ:
Why do the Suns want to keep Nash and not trade hime to a contender. What’s their deal?
He’s the face of their franchise, and so far Nash hasn’t asked to be traded.
Eliot in Brookly, NY:
Has there been any discussion of salary rollbacks in new CBA? I would imagine players would opt for hard cap long before they’d ok a salary rollback.
Yes, one of the owners’ recent proposals called for rollbacks of 15-25 percent.
I should note that the players already accepted a form of salary rollback when they agreed to the escrow system.
Steve H in Okc:
Am I crazy to think there won’t be a lockout based on the movement we saw Tuesday? With the owners essentially offering a 50/50 split and holding most all of the cards in the long run, do expect the players to cave without losing any games?
I think the owners moved a lot farther than I expected them two. But the two sides are still saying they’re miles apart. It doesn’t look like a deal will get done prior to July 1, barring an unexpected breakthrough.
But this also happened in 2005, and they settled their disagreement before it impacted the season. It could happen again this time. July 1, therefore, is somewhat of an artificial deadline. Yes, there will be a lockout, but it won’t really impact much.
Justin in Ohio:
If there is no season next year, what happens to the 2012 draft?
They’ll have to do some sort of one-time thing, like a weighted lottery that includes all 30 teams.
Brian in ny,ny:
Larry, Can the Clippers trade the Minny pick they have for next right now or do they have to wait until after the draft this year to move it? If they trade it now, they could be w/out a first-rounder this year and next, correct?
Correct. They’d have to agree to a trade which is consummated after this year’s draft.
Omar in Atlanta, Ga:
Any idea what the proposed "flex cap" ceiling was from the owners?
They didn’t say.
Piero in Milan, Italy:
Serious question here: in the end, do you anticipate Stern unveiling a new lockout-beard?
And then joining ZZ Top.
pat in jamestown, NY:
Just so you know the first question of the day has been asked in every chat for the last 3 days
Thanks. We’re getting slammed a lot with people who do that. We’re trying to keep an eye on it, but it’s hard to keep track of every question asked in every chat.
Jay in Toronto:
Larry, but non-guaranteed contracts can be traded, right? What is the difference between team-option and the non-guaranteed contract?
Correct. In that regard, a non-guarnteed deal is better than an ending deal. The player IS signed for the following year, but the team also has the option to waive the player afterward.
A. Williams in :
Its hard not to love JJ Barea. He dominated in the finals at times as a small man amongst trees. BUT did you notice how often he imbellished contact to get calls. I realize everyone did it, but seemed like him more than most. Agree or Disgaree?
Part of it comes from the simple laws of physics. He weighs less, so when he takes the same contact as a bigger player, it’s going to affect him more. It’s the same principle that worked against Shaq.
Alvin W. in Toronto, Canada:
Jeff Van Gundy volunteered to watch game tape all year and fine anyone caught blatantly flopping. If you were a NBA Team owner, how would you vote on this proposal and why?
Like it or not, it’s a part of the game right now.
I don’t like that particular solution, since it just changes the problem from one person’s subjective judgement (the ref’s) to another’s (Van Gundy’s). I’d rather see a rule change. I don’t like the idea that defense is played by beating a guy to a spot by a milisecond. I’d rather see the rule be that on drives, the guy with the ball has to be able to take one dribble AFTER you get to the spot for it to be a charge.
luke in LA:
if you had to do you top 10 of 2000 draft lets see your pick
Top-10 players from that draft, or re-draft based on team needs? I’ll go with the former — taking into account team needs from 11 years ago is too much to ask from a one-hour chat.
The 200 draft is unusual in that you can make a solid case that the guy who should have been picked first overall was acutally picked in the second round — Michael Redd.
I’ll go Redd with the first pick and K-Mart with the second. After that you’re looking at a group that includes Stro Swift, Mike Miller, Jamal Crawford, Hedo Turkoglu, Q-Rich, Jamaal Magliore, Marko Jaric, and let’s say Jake Tsakalidis.
I’d put them in order, but if I did that I’d have to spend too much time thinking about this draft class, and I’d just get depressed. If I had a lottery pick in this draft, I would have done everything in my power to trade it for a pick in the 2003 draft.
Of course, hindsight is 20/20.
That’s it for today — I went a little long because I had so many questions. Apologies to those I missed.
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