This coming weekend is make-or-break time for the NBA. Sources tell other people that if significant progress isn’t made in lockout negotiations starting Friday, that the entire season is in jeopardy. (No Alex Trebek.) While it appears that both sides are hopeful that a deal is made and we get a full 82 games out of this stupidity, there are going to be a whole bunch of tricky clauses that will make everybody happy for a few years before we do this whole dumb dance over again.

If you’re the kind of NBA fan who remembers the Allan Houston Rule and the Trent Tucker Rule, then you’ve probably already guessed that these clauses have been given ridiculous names. Below I’ve listed five proposed ideas for the new collective bargaining agreement, two of which are real, as reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein. The other three are made up. Guess correctly and you’re on the inside track to facing off with Adam Silver when this CBA runs out.

  • Supertax — A sliding system that would charge teams $2 in luxury tax for every dollar over $70 million in payroll, $3 for every dollar over $75 million in payroll and $4 for every dollar for teams with payrolls above $80 million.
  • Condemnation clause — Allows NBA teams the opportunity to host a public forum where three players are presented before an audience while the team’s owner interrogates the players. After all questions have been answered, the owner takes an applause poll to see which player should be released from the team. The least applauded player’s contract will be fully paid but will not count against the salary cap or luxury tax numbers.
  • Brad Miller Rule — Until he retires, NBA teams must ensure — either via trade or free agency — that Brad Miller plays on whichever team Rick Adelman is coaching.
  • Power amortization — Increases the amount of time that a franchise’s owner can claim a portion of the team’s purchase price as a business expense from 15 years to infinity years. Subclause also allows teams to build unevenly on their properties (e.g. a franchise can by a hotel on one property, two houses on another while refusing to build anything on the third street in their monopoly).
  • Carmelo Rule — Would prevent teams — as the New York Knicks did in February with Anthony — from using a Bird exception to sign or extend a player acquired by trade unless they are acquired before July 1 of the final season of the player’s contract.

Answers are here, so make sure to carefully consider these options. Negotiating is a tricky business, so it’s best to be thorough in your evaluations. Each of these five ideas stipulations is very confusing and highly technical, but if that’s what is going to solve the lockout, then that’s what we need to see happen. Good luck haggling!

Comments (9)

  1. Hey Trey, good write up, but I don’t understand the carmelo rule. I haven’t read the stein piece yet but plan to. Anyway, How does that rule change anything as Carmelo was traded prior to July 1 of his final season and got the bird right extension. How would the carmelo rule change anything.

    If anyone else knows the answer, feel free to respond. thanks.

    Lastly, can the TBJ crew head down to NY and get these idiots to come to an agreement. At this point of the year I should be filled with hope and excitement over the coming season. I should be reading articles about how the celtics are going to piece together a team for this season to compete for a title while still maintaining flexibility to go after D. Howard next summer. This lockout is killing me little by little. Get down there TBJ and do your thing to get them all to agree. Thanks!

  2. I thought Carmelo’s contract ran out at the end of the 2010-2011 season. He was traded midway through this last season so that would’ve been well after that July 1st date.

  3. maybe im misinterpretting the rule. His contract did run out at the end of the 2011 season, but he was traded in feb 2011, before July 1 obviously.

    So I guess the question is the meaning of “unless they are acquired before July 1 of the final season of the player’s contract.”

    Does this mean, the player must be acquired before July 1 of the season PRIOR to his final contract year? or is it the player must be acquired before July 1 of the season of his final contract year.

  4. Players need to agree on a hard cap so that other teams can make the playoffs or be good for a change… 9 teams have one rings in the last 20 years… thats boring…

  5. Yeah it depends on how the NBA interprets the July date. I assumed that the NBA calender would begin in the off-season immediately after the playoffs end. In that situation the July 1st date would be July 2010. That way, in this hypothetical situation Carmelo could not have dragged his feet around for the whole year and more or less forced the Nuggets to trade him in the way that they did.

    They wouldn’t be able to use July 2011 as the cut-off date in this situation because Carmelo’s contract would expire at the conclusion of the season so I’m assuming the rule is in place so that a player can’t be traded and then offered Bird Rights if they have less than a full year left on their contract.

  6. @Err
    Carmelo had an opt out clause.

    I don’t see what the Carmelo clause does. Stars can still force their way to a team, all this means is that team now has to wait awhile to give that player an extension.

  7. I like the supertax. May not get teams on the same spending page, but at least it’s extra revenue to pass to the smaller market teams.

    (*buy a hotel)

  8. Just sort it out and stop talking so much crap!!

  9. Carmelo had an opt-out clause but he wouldn’t exercise it because in signing the extension that he did he was eligible for the much bigger contract that is offered to players who re-sign with their old team.
    Basically, the league already has an incentive in for players to stay with their current teams. It is why Orlando can offer Howard more than any other team can. I can’t recall how much more the deal is for but it’s significant. Carmelo, team player that he is, wanted the best of both worlds. He wanted to be paid like a loyal franchise star and to get traded to a bigger national market and Denver/ New York indulged him.

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