Lunch time thoughts on how to fix the NBA: with rumours of Miami's 'Big 3' possibly becoming the 'Big 4' (Melo, Lebron, Wade & Bosh) some friends of mine have been discussing how to fix the NBA. I say fix because the purpose of the salary cap was to spread talent around the league. Superstars were suppose to be rivals - not teammates. Problem - what happens when superstars (to an extent unselfishly) take pay cuts so they can play together? You get Miami's Big 3, and perhaps one day we could see a Big 4. They also may be willing to take pay cuts because they know playing on such a team and winning titles could land them larger endorsements, movie roles, jersey sales, etc. How could we fix this? My proposal is as follows: When a player becomes a free agent, teams with sufficient cap space can bid on this player. Now, that player does not have to go to the team that bid the most on him (that would be borderline slavery, taking away the player's choice on where he wants to play). However the highest bid (which is a firm offer that the team cannot back rescind) establishes the player's fair market value. Now he can willingly choose to play wherever he wants, even for less money. However whichever team he goes to gets their salary cap hit with the highest bid offer (fair market value), regardless of what his contract states. It would be much more difficult to create superstar teams under this system. Agree, disagree? Other proposals? Have at it!
My next challenge is coming up with a way to fix tanking and the drafting system - but that's for another day!