bigfoot wrote:bwgood77 wrote:MathiasPW wrote:Trading is done as long as you stay under the cap. No need to overcomplicate it with exceptions or 125% salaries matching like in the real NBA.
The point about not having supermax players is a good one I hadn't thought about. A simple possible solution is that you have the RIGHT to give such contracts, but not the obligation, meaning you could have more cap than others already after the 1st season.
I'd just keep the initial contracts standardized in value/term to avoid exploiting the system, like saying AD is not a supermax therefore I'll only pay him 20 over 4 years. You decide the numbers of years you want to keep that player, and pay the matching salary.
You could do 2 at each level like you said, or one supermax, 3 max, 4 medium.
The only problem with these levels are, the better rosters are going to have better players at each price level, so trades would still be tough.
Overall I'm not sure it works.
I have tried to think of things like proposing the 7 plus 1st round draft pick or 8, and I think this helps the bad teams build for the future with high draft picks.
We could go further with that, giving teams with 7 keepers 2 picks before any team with 8 get picks, then those teams get 2 picks on the back end of the draft.
OR we could do the a three tier system where you can keep 6, and your 2 first round picks, 7 and your second rounder, or 8 and lose both or something like that.
Similar to my suggestion of two drafts ... a rookie and a separate free agent. It means the worst teams get 2 picks before the best teams. So 7 keepers, a 2 round rookie draft, and a 3 round free-agent draft. The worst team would get a shot at the best rookie, and in the second draft, the best available free agent (non-keeper). We could hold a lottery for the rookie draft and straight-up worst record for the free-agent draft.
I don't like two drafts. I don't think most people do. Many bad teams might now want to draft any free agents...or maybe only 1. I think I drafted 3 rookies last year and one FA.