Friend_Of_Haley wrote:Okay that makes sense informally... but what would a guy's leverage in that situation be? Just go play in Europe (but have his rights held forever by that NBA team?).
If you didn't see it, this article explains the situation quite well and educated me more on it:https://www.vice.com/en/article/ezevwz/the-second-round-of-the-nba-draft-is-broken-but-not-beyond-repair
Effectively, the player who is drafted in the 2nd can sign the tender offer (which is non guaranteed in salary but guarantees him a roster spot if not waived before the season starts). If they do this, the drafting team is forced to take him on or lose his rights.
Pros for the player:
Forces the decision of the drafting team
Can play anywhere if it doesn't work out
Cons for the player:
By the time he is waived it may be too late to catch on elsewhere.
Pros for the team:
Cons for the team:
May lose their pick without compensation
May be forced to make a decision before they want
So effectively now, teams / agents are seeing who will agree to what terms to be drafted. A guy who will agree to play in the G-League or overseas for a few seasons then doesn't force the hand of the team that drafted him right away and becomes more valuable than a better player that you know you don't have a roster spot for this season or know needs a few years to develop and then may or may not be good enough.