2019/2020 Season Thread May 10, 2020 14:34:18 GMT
Post by George Gervin on May 10, 2020 14:34:18 GMT
Are our rookie contracts really more powerful than real rookie contracts though?
The "5th Year" that we have is practically the equivalent of if a player were to sign their qualifying offer instead of an extension. Which is a situation most teams try to avoid with core young players.
We might even have less control over our rookies here than in reality because we only get a guaranteed 5 years as opposed to 4 plus a potential 5 from the first extension. If anything, I think 2nd Round contracts should actually have an extra year.
Aside from that, the only other really big difference is draft pick cap holds, which I do think we should implement. It's minor but it does hit pick value a little by slapping on the rookie contracts during OSFA as opposed to after.
I agree with Danny Longley here on the impact— and I say that as arguably the biggest beneficiary of rookie contracts with Doncic and SGA. But, ultimately, they’re in Year 2. If it was the traditional style rookie deal like the NBA, they’d have two more team option years after this at rookie scale before a new extension comes in to replace what is our Year 5 here on rookie deals. So no matter how you slice it, Doncic and SGA are still on their rookie deals— whether it’s our structure or IRL structure— for at least four seasons. There’s no way to legislate out that contract value based on their play unless we’d want to go year to year, which is more akin to an NFL franchise tag than anything the NBA has.