Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Extra: Larry Coon on Sacramento/Seattle outcome and Kings’ salary cap flexibilityMore from this morning's conversation with the NBA collective bargaining agreement expert. More
- 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."
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.Listen after the jump... ... More
- Coon on the owners' assertion that they're losing money: "The financial statements for a couple of teams have seen the light of day and they paint a picture that's somewhere in the middle."
- Coon on policing the mandated zero-contact between players and team officials: "You can't be everywhere. You can't have spies following every player, every front office member. It's just not possible. So, what I've heard is that the league has set a $1-million fine for any team that makes contact with players. And I think that they're hoping that that's going to be enough of a deterrent that that kind of contact won't happen."
- Coon on Michael Jordan's perspective: "I'm hearing he's one of the more hard-lined guys in this whole thing. I think he's one of the quote-unquote newer breed of owner. He's not one of the guys who bought the team three decades ago for a couple of million bucks. He's one of the guys who are part of a major financing operation to acquire a team for hundreds of millions of dollars and who really needs to see a fundamental turn-around in the way the league works."