Originally Posted by JoeyJoJo Shabbadu
Exactly why I'm hoping for a lockout and big changes in the CBA. Unrestircted free agency comes too early and teams lose stars way too young. Add in the luxury tax and it becomes a small number of club that can compete. One of these has to change.
Can you tell me how many stars have left via free agency in the last 10 years? The idea of "The Big Free Agency Coup" is a myth, with the exception of LBJ last year. Sign-and-trade of star UFAs is also relatively rare, but at least more common than a star just up and leaving for nothing. Besides, why should a player be locked into a city and organization because of the bounce of a ping-pong ball?
I think the biggest problem in the CBA, from a competitive parity standpoint, is that the luxury tax and the Mid-Level Exception allow strong, big market teams to scoop up players below market value. The Lakers and Celtics are both perfect examples of this, where they have been able to add so much depth to their roster because players are willing to take a discount to play for a championship team in a big market.
The honest truth is that, under any CBA, it has almost always been the same teams at the top.