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Report: NBA proposes 'Carmelo Anthony Rule'

Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:27 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 2:45 am
 
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

When reports broke that the NBA owners had finally moved off of their insistence on a hard cap, you knew that there was going to be a catch and that the other shoe was eventually going to drop. A major systemic concession like that -- even if it's not really a concession because the players have already negotiated a soft cap for themselves in previous labor deals -- was going to require givebacks or changes in other areas.

ESPN.com reports that those changes could include: the elimination of sign-and-trades, a beefed up amnesty clause, a stronger luxury tax system, a cutdown in the mid-level exception and other moves aimed at either cutting down on wasteful spending on player contracts or reducing a player's leverage in determining his free agency options.

Perhaps most interesting, the site reports that the NBA proposed adding a new "Carmelo Anthony Rule" that would "prevent teams -- as the New York Knicks did in February with Anthony -- from using a Bird exception to sign or extend a player acquired by trade unless they are acquired before July 1 of the final season of the player's contract."
Now this is an intriguing idea.

The benefits are obvious. The Denver Nuggets had their season hijacked last year as rumors swirled for months around Anthony's refusal to sign an extension and his desire to get out of town. The headlines were distracting, the news coverage was insatiable, a trade became inevitable and the entire thing was a major, major distraction. Sure, it generated a lot of interest. But it wasn't in the best interest of the Nuggets nor even in the best interests of the teams to whom he was rumored to be traded.

The thought of undergoing such a circus was one factor in the Utah Jazz electing to ship franchise point guard Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets a year before he was set to come up on his ability to extend his contract. Similar storms are brewing in Orlando and New Orleans, where Dwight Howard and Chris Paul are in line to control their fate by refusing to sign extensions and potentially have the ability to force their way to a specific destination.

Instituting a "Carmelo Anthony Rule" as described would alter the trade request/demand process. Stars would either need to make their demands early or tough it out until they reached unrestricted free agency. This rule could potentially dramatically reduce the awkward "limbo" that results from months and months of uncertainty when a player has decided he wants to jump ship but the team doesn't want to pull the trigger until it absolutely has to. 

Of course, the NBPA will adamantly oppose this idea. The union will argue that Anthony and stars like him do nothing wrong, play hard for their teams, express their desires in a professional manner, have the right to decide where they want to play and also the right to enjoy the full benefits of the free agency process. This rule would be a leverage-killer for stars and would likely, in the end, lead to a decrease in star movement and an increase in franchise stability. 

The interesting twist here is that only a handful of NBA players, the absolutely most talented, find themselves able to employ this type of leverage. The average player will never find himself in this position and, in some cases, might even benefit from this rule. Just thinkabout all those Knicks players who were traded in the package to acquire Anthony. Had this rule been in place, they very well could still be in the Big Apple. And they wouldn't have had to answer hundreds of questions about trade rumors or dealt with months of uncertainty about their professional future, either.
Comments

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 5:11 pm
 

Paid no matter how bad they play

The problem IMHO is that players get paid no matter how bad they play. Guys have REALLY long term contracts now. You can get paid for just being tall even if you can't defend, rebound or shoot. How many centers are riding the pine but making $10M a year? What is the incentive to play hard if they can sign one contract that covers the bulk of their career? I think they would play harder if they had a max term to a contract and make it 3 years. Want to give them a reward? Then maybe you could take away the salary cap as a trade-off. Either that or the players should figure out that they have enough money collectively to start their own league, rent out stadiums, and keep all the profits for themselves. Then they could just fight amongst themselves over how to distribute profits and losses.



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Report: NBA proposes 'Carmelo Anthony Rule'

Seems like the NBA is trying to save themselves from themselves. There are way too many owners and GM's in the league who will spend wildly and with no regard as to their teams future and then cry for help when they can no longer remain profitable. I think that after the Knicks mess from the Isiah Thomas disaster the league finally figured it out that they're their own worst enemy. I can see why the NBA is the #3 sport in America. I go to at least 4 games a year and there's just no excitement anymore, sometimes it feels as if the players are sleepwalking through games. I do notice the difference when teams like the Lakers, Bulls and Heat come around the atmosphere is intense like a playoff game. Hopefully while they're getting this mess situated they can also find a way to bring back the excitement that the NBA used to have.



Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Report: NBA proposes 'Carmelo Anthony Rule'

unfortunately they need to blow up their whole system. they had it right with rookie wage scales but have to have non guranteed contracts. 1.  it will increase the competiveness throughout the season especially for the bad teams. 2. increase the amount of players that play overseas that are good enough but dont get a shot. each team only has a few open spots a year if that since all the contracts are guranteed. 3. allow for a team to rebuild and be competitive quicker. protect a franchise from a bad gm who makes a couple bad mistakes. 4. increases the leverage of the coaches ability to bring in his own players instead of just hoping your team is so bad you get a couple good draft choices that pan out to turn it around. to chime in with everyone else, its not about race but an unsustainable product across the board currently. its only about green. these owners have the kind of cash lebron aspires to have. mj is the most succesful of any of them and he still doesnt have the kind of money these guys have so dont think that the owners are worried about a bunch of guys who paychecks they cut. almost all the owners use this as a second business or 3rd or 4th. some teams are used as a tax shelter for other bigger businesses. not the players fault they accepted contracts put in front of them but if they dont blow it up now and start over they wont have any contracts remotely close in front of them for the foreseeable future. you already see the amount of $ not out there for these guys overseas. Expecting a season ticket holder to sustain a 41 game home season plus playoffs is a lot more to ask than an 8 game season plus playoffs in football especially for teams that arent putting out a good product out there. its more than 5 times more games to be reasponsible for and not the same type of nba game day experience that you get on a sunday nfl game day.



Since: Oct 1, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Report: NBA proposes 'Carmelo Anthony Rule'

1.# Here’s what i don’t get… The owners and GM’s are the ones responsible for signing off on over-spending on previous max & mid-level contracts given to un-derserving players under the previous cba. Instead of trying to rob from Peter (the players) to pay Paul, why can’t they just MANAGE their spending better? Personally the “super-tax” and “Carmelo Rule” are points of negotiation that I can see the union agreeing to. Everything else is pretty much bs…
2.# These ideas would further restrict player movement. It’s almost impossible for weak teams to get stronger & eventually contend unless they get really lucky. The NBA wants to continue to control what franchises are going to play for the championship each year. If they really want a league that is capable of having any team rise to the top, the following MUST happen: 1. Contraction – at least 2 teams and as many as 6 teams must fold. There are just too many teams that will never compete, regardless of the rules. With so many teams moving in the past several years, the league & its fans need to wake up. 2. Hard Salary Cap – I don’t know what the number would be but a hard cap would slow down the ridiculous over spending for players & would allow the next and most important thing… 3. Trades – with the hard cap, the NBA would not have to protect poorly run teams from themselves. Teams that really wanted to make runs at championships would no longer have to trade half their team & be involved with up to 6 other teams in order to get one player. That player can’t help you though because you had to move other pieces. That puts you right back at square one.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:51 am
 

Report: NBA proposes 'Carmelo Anthony Rule'

TO sticky 937 or whatever your name is...that the dumbest thing if ever heard...stop being mad at life n quit feeling sorry for yurself n do sumthing bout it!! this is businees. it will all get worked out...this has nothing todo with lebron being hated you dimwhit....so go get your panties a bunch some more



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Report: NBA proposes 'Carmelo Anthony Rule'

Nah it's not racism, it's just so many people are really stupid.  You're right, these owners are in another universe.  The players are too.  So they just pick the side that is further out of their league I guess, I dunno.  The average schmuck spends most of their life living off taxpayer money while trying to pretend they don't but other people are.  How I wish we could cut all taxes and social programs...then the people that watch Fox News would no longer be able to afford TV and internet and I would never hear from them.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Report: NBA proposes 'Carmelo Anthony Rule'

No offense, but the leagues the brothers "control" don't make any money.

Go to Harlem...Brooklyn...south Chicago...Watts...great hoops...no TV, no money, no ESPN, no Nike endorsements, bro.

OWNERS put up the billions necessary for teams, and there aren't many of them. You can find a basketball player on every patch of asphalt from coast to coast. 

If the NBA closed shop tomorrow for good, half the guys that WOULD have been making millions would be drawing $282 a month and standing in line.  



Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Report: NBA proposes 'Carmelo Anthony Rule'

@sticky357
Take your racist head out of your racist ass!
So Jay-Z is an angry white man? Bet Beyonce is surprised to hear that.
Bigots like you don't belong in a civilized society....



Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Report: NBA proposes 'Carmelo Anthony Rule'

Take your racist head out of your racist ass!
So Jay-Z is an angry white man? Bet Beyonce is surprised to hear that.
Bigots like you don't belong in a civilized society....



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Report: NBA proposes 'Carmelo Anthony Rule'

Instead of enacting this rule to make players decide early or wait till free agency to sign a contract, how about the rule just makes players keep quite. Look at Howard. He has said he wants to stay in Orlando, but doesn't rule out leaving. That's it. Otherwise he declines comment. Make it so that after they make big shows and tv specials about decisions and public ranting about deserving this and that, they get fined. Keep your mouth shut, play ball, and keep in in the locker room. 


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