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Old 09-05-2017, 10:45 AM
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An interesting idea I just thought of...what if teams could trade a top 3 pick (or top 2) without having to match salaries in return and can absorb salaries even if over the cap. Current rules are that salary has to match. we know that a top 3 pick is valuable to bad teams in that they HOPE to get the franchise star. NBA, more than any other league, needs a star to win. I think it would be a good way for bad teams to quickly reboot while middle of the road teams can start over without having to tank for years before getting a top pick. Cleveland could get another star easily with the Nets pick maybe as long as they are willing to pay the 20+ mil of the star they get.

Imagine Boston could have traded the top pick for butler or Paul George straight up without having to trade 2 or 3 key bench players to match salary. Imagine a young team with talent like Philly gets lucky and jumps to the top slot. They would now have the ability to create a dynasty quickly

the downside is that maybe you would not have midseason trades since teams would have to wait to see where their pick is. either way, it would make draft night interesting.
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Old 09-05-2017, 11:57 AM
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I like the upsides in this but IMO the huge downside is that it makes high picks even more valuable, which means even more reasons to tank like Philly.

I think tanking should be prevented. Times have changed and there's a need for a big reform. Today clubs are profitable, have strong revenue sharing, get a lot of TV money so owners aren't afraid to lose local game revenue as much as in the past. Philly happened once, it will happen again. In the past, some owners might've been willing to tank a season, but not build a multi year plan around it like Philly.

I think instead the pick system should be revamped in a way that bad teams don't necessarily get a high pick. Maybe make it even odds to get a top 5 pick for all the lottery teams.

That would also help with the "middle of the road" problem that you are trying to solve as well, but it would be based on luck - a mediocre club could get lucky and get a very high pick and get over the hump. In this scenario, it would make sense for clubs to be mediocre rather than be miserably bad. Which I think would be better than what we have now.
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