Now that the NBPA has officially recertified as a union, NBA owners and players can begin putting the final touches on a new collective bargaining agreement. Larry Coon
is author of the NBA Salary Cap FAQ
and he joins James Ham
and Jonathan Santiago
to break down aspects of the new deal in today's Cowbell Kingdom Podcast.
- On the new amnesty rule: "I think this is cool. I think one of the things the league needs more of is silent auctions and that's what they got here."
- Today is the day B-List issues in the new CBA are being addressed. What's Coon's take on one of those minor issues - the draft age limit? I was thinking that the age limit was something the players would use as a trade chip. They would say: "Alright, you want the higher age limit? We'll give it to you as long you give us something else here, " and I think that's something that might happen when they start talking about it.
- What does this new CBA mean for free agents and the NBA trade market today? "For a team like the Kings, I think restricted free agents are going to be more in play because they shortened the matching period for the original team from seven days to three days. Now other teams aren't going to be tying up their salary so much and they're going to be more willing to go after other team's players."
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Apologies for the hiatus, but we're back with a new episode of the CK Podcast. And today, we focus on the CBA. The NBA and Players Union let fans down again, as labor negotiations ended Tuesday with no new labor agreement. But is a resolution really in sight? Larry Coon, author of the NBA Salary Cap FAQ, and Tim Donahue of fellow TrueHoop network blog Eight Points, Nine Seconds, join us for a panel discussion.
An excerpt from Coon's latest, saying it's "gut-check time" for the players
It's now soul-searching time for the players. For now they have drawn a line in the sand at 53 percent. Players like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett are leading the charge to hold firm and not give another inch. But Bryant and Garnett don't necessarily represent the interests of the rank-and-file players.
And Donahue on how these negotiations are framed
One of the big traps that we consistently fall into is viewing the sides as two monoliths. It makes the math easier. But it also muddies the waters. The “players” are 400-plus individuals at different points in their careers with different financial positions, personal concerns and general outlooks on life.
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Welcome to Part II of Cowbell Kingdom's interview with NBA salary cap guru Larry Coon
. In yesterday’s discussion
, we touched on a lot of big picture ideas, not really focusing on individual team or player situations. Our conversation took on a myriad of topics, everything from what the new CBA
might look like, an explanation on gross revenue versus net revenue, to what a team like the Sacramento Kings with massive cap space should be able to accomplish in the new NBA landscape. Today’s segment of the interview still has a big picture feel, but the specific teams and players are discussed along the way for context. Hopefully you enjoy round two of the amazing Larry Coon
with Cowbell Kingdom’s James Ham.
James Ham: Rumors are already flying about the 76ers looking to move Andre Iguodala
. Rumors are what they are, but with the new CBA
looming, do you see a devaluing of players like Iguodala, who are at the $13-15 million range over a three or four year period because there is obviously going to be some constriction in salary, how much we don’t know yet?
Larry Coon: You could see that, but what’s going to happen with the rollbacks? I think that is one of the things that’s going to end up happening, so it depends on what percentage we see in rollbacks. Then these guys are going to have a salary that’s a little bit more palatable. Maybe they alter guarantees so that even players with existing contracts, the guarantees become less. So you're still committing the cap money, but at least you're not committing yourself to an albatross contract like Eddy Curry
or Gilbert Arenas
who are just sitting there and you can’t do anything about it except buy them out and they still count against the cap.
It depends mainly on how hard the cap is. If it’s a true hard cap, and say it’s a $60 million cap, then that $15 million becomes one fourth of the entire table that you're going to be looking at. In a soft cap, you are going to spend $25 million for Kobe
, but so what, you can go up to $100 million, and although that’s a quarter of the cap, maybe it’s worth it - but if you're in a situation like an Atlanta or Memphis and you're paying a lot of guys these high salaries, and it’s a true hard cap or a pretty hard cap, you are going to have to make these decisions. You have to be basing your payroll on what percentage of the total dollars available do we want going to this one player.