Posted by: Kingsguru21 | October 7, 2011

A new CBA won’t solve any fans desires

One of the problems with all the talk of a new CBA has come with the implicit belief that a new CBA would change things for teams amongst other things. That a team with cap space (like the Kings) would be able to take advantage of another team without said space. A team that needs to shed salary to “adjust” to new rules.

Let me ask about the elephant in the room on that type of thought: If that was the case, why is it most likely that barring a league wide amnesty being used whenever the season “officially” begins, most teams don’t have cap room?

Using last season’s cap as the benchmark here, 7 teams were under the cap for last season. Of those 7, Chicago is now over the threshold for last year’s cap (mainly due to Joakim Noah’s extension) and noone else is. Of the remaining 23 teams that were over the cap for last season, the Nets, Nuggets, Bobcats, Pacers, Pistons, Hornets, Sixers, Warriors, Bucks, Raptors, Grizzlies (they may be pretty close to the 58 mill figure by the time they resign Gasol and Battier, but I doubt those two combine for 21 million next season too), Rockets, and Jazz (who are right at the threshold). By my count, that is 18 teams below or at last year’s cap.

What does this mean? It means that there isn’t likely any salary shredding going on, that the high salary teams won’t be interested in helping other teams improve because they can’t get down to a harder cap level (or whatever the CBA & cap system ends up being) or that most teams will argue for a grace period or two maybe three seasons to get within these new rules.

In otherwords, what advantage is it to have cap room? Well, if you wish to go after a player in Free Agency, it’s an advantage. Wasn’t that true under the soft cap system?

This idea that parity can be created with a new CBA is not only hogwash, it doesn’t reflect the current reality of the actual NBA at the moment. Teams have planned for a new CBA and many rosters indicate such. The team that are over the amount of cap by a significant number all have one thing in common: Championship aspirations. The Knicks excluded, because the Knicks should be excluded from many things, most of these teams have either had a shot at a championship or a reasonable thought at attaining one.

How is a new CBA going to change a league that has “competiveness” issues? Please show me this illustration of how this is going to work. Don’t tell me what you think; show me with facts, specific details and how the Kings (or another team for that matter) takes advantage of this new CBA to make them this unforeseen juggernaut. Oh wait, juggernauts don’t coincide with overall league competitiveness? You don’t say.

So, here is how I see the Kings improving. Tyreke Evans improves on his rookie season, DeMarcus Cousins improves on his rookie season, Marcus Thornton and Jimmer Fredette mesh reasonably with Tyreke, Salmons (and whoever is on the front line–and this is a matter of contention and opinion at this point), Thompson or Hickson (or whomever is here on the front line again–I’m just using there names for now as a space filler).

How these players improve from previous seasons, how Salmons & Hickson fits in with the group overall, does Jimmer have an impact? These are the questions, or a Free Agent big instead of Hickson perhaps, that will determine how good the Kings can become. Not a hard cap that makes it possible to take advantage of other teams. Not a hard cap, not revenue sharing, and certainly not the negotiations between David Stern and Billy Hunter.

When youth improves and grows, teams improve. The Kings have staged much of their future success upon the current youth of this team growing and expanding their games and successes in the NBA.

How any of that has to do with how much money a player can earn has as much to do with any psychological aspect of the NBA than anything. But, it doesn’t change the fact that these facts about player improvement are always central to how teams who build through the draft improve. You have better talent than before!

I just wanted to get this zinger in here before the magical panacea that is a hard cap (or 50-52% of BRI going to the players) is thrust upon us as how the NBA becomes competitive. The NBA will become competitive with high end talent that is roughly equal to each other. Since this has never happened before in the history of the NBA (minus the 70’s ABA-NBA era/merger), it stands to reason it won’t happen with a new cap whatever the details may hold.

Try to keep this in mind in case someone is telling you until you are blue in the face that a new cap will change things in the NBA once and for all. Remind them that a cap and CBA is about business aka money. Then shoot them with your bb gun and yell “neener neener”. Or, don’t.



  1. […] are lots of teams out there other than the Kings that are below or right at the salary floor. I listed a few in a post awhile ago that counted 18 out of 30 teams in the league at the cap level (which I didn’t know at the […]

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