Originally Posted by carp
Why not just restrict length of contracts and remove contract guarantees..... Wouldn't that be less complicated and less punishing of a select few?
Well, the union is willing to cut contract length to 5 years but the league wants to get rid of guarantees altogether. I'm thinking that a good compromise is giving the players 4 or 5 year deals but allowing the owners to get out from under 2 mistakes. The more deserving players would then be protected for the duration of the contract.
The problem with limiting all contracts to 3 years is that the big, attractive market teams will be reloading all the time. Right now, I like the fact that the Lakers are stuck with Bynum's bad knees, Kobe regressing, Metta World Peace becoming worthless and Blake not living up to his deal. They're stuck but if everyone were on a 3 year deal, they'd just reload with CP and Howard next summer since everyone would be off the books by now.