Rich get richer, do buyout deals make them better?
Old 03-03-2014, 03:13 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Just get rid of buyouts at this time of year.

Buyout season helps the NBA's rich get richer. The remainder of the schedule will determine if they actually got better.

With Danny Granger signing with the Clippers and Caron Butler with Oklahoma City, teams that were already good were able to add former All-Stars without having to give up anything except a little money.

It sometimes even seems unfair, since just a few days earlier adding players would've cost assets if teams wanted to improve via trade before the deadline.

''Buyouts at this point of the season are not good for the game. They strengthen better teams & further destroy competitive balance,'' former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose wrote on Twitter.

The buyouts usually start as soon as the deadline is over, when the agent of an unhappy veteran who didn't get moved - or in Granger's case, moves somewhere he doesn't want to go - works out a deal in which the player agrees to leave some money on the table in exchange for his release.

As long it's done by March 1 and he clears waivers, he's free to sign with any team except the one that released him and would be eligible to suit up for that team in the playoffs.

The Clippers picked up Granger and Glen ''Big Baby'' Davis that way. Jimmer Fredette signed with Chicago on Sunday, and Metta World Peace remains available.

Indiana coach Frank Vogel thinks the Clippers got ''dramatically better'' with Granger. But tinkering this late in a season can be tricky, and not everyone is sure it's best.

''They're adding pieces. With adding pieces, sometimes you can add too much, so I wouldn't fall in love with every move that's made,'' Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. ''Sometimes the best move is no move at all.''
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Fully agree. No mid season waivers unless you have the cap space for the remainder of their original deal pro-rated over whats left.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:33 PM   #3 (permalink)

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it's a tough balancing act. teams need to rid themselves of personalities from time to time. a disgruntled player can be a real problem, especially with guys adjusting to lesser roles as their talents decline. the team may have entered a contract in good faith, but if the player is taking advantage of the situation they need to be able to say goodbye.

and it's also tough to say that a waived player doesn't deserve a chance somewhere else. if the other team needs to absorb their whole deal they may balk and cause the player to miss out on half a season and a playoff chance, which matters a lot for players in their declining years. being waived may not be their fault, so i would think they deserve a chance to prove themselves for another contract.

i don't like the fact that the rich get richer, but i don't know how else fairness can be achieved.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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One also has to consider how this shitty season is affecting things. The only teams who are even interested in these players right now are contenders because most teams want to be bad. I don't recall so many teams getting such big signings this late in the season in recent years so I would at least wait until next year before getting rid of buyouts entirely
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