CBA Circumvention ??

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CBA Circumvention ?? 

Post#1 » by Jammer » Wed Jul 3, 2019 8:34 pm

My question is why is it not CBA circumvention if a player, i.e. LeBron James, gets to have personal assistants, personal trainers, friends or whatever on the payroll of a team? Shouldn't the friends salary necessitate a reduction in the player's maximum salary available? And has anyone ever raised this issue with the NBA before?
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Post#2 » by Scoot McGroot » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:13 pm

Jammer wrote:My question is why is it not CBA circumvention if a player, i.e. LeBron James, gets to have personal assistants, personal trainers, friends or whatever on the payroll of a team? Shouldn't the friends salary necessitate a reduction in the player's maximum salary available? And has anyone ever raised this issue with the NBA before?


There are no salary restrictions on the salaries paid to coaching staffs, front office personnel, ticket sales, training staff, etc. If a team wants to either overpay these positions, possibly hire untrained staff for these positions, or have overinflated staffs, that's up to the owners, as it would come solely out of their own pockets, not BRI or revenue sharing.
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Post#3 » by Jammer » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:48 pm

Thanks for the reply. But my point is, if a team hires a "coach" for some aspect of a players game where the player really picked the coach, not the team, shouldn't that players maximum salary be reduced by that amount and count against the cap. Say LeBron has a personal trainer, physical therapist and "assistant" on the Lakers staff that he said to hire, and the Lakers said yessir. Shouldn't those salaries reduce LeBron's maximum salary and count against the cap, since in reality he dictated their hiring, and the Lakers simply took them on based on LeBron saying their his crew. Would apply no matter what player specified to a team to bring on staff as his personal servant.
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Post#4 » by Smitty731 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:32 am

LeBron James is the one paying his assistants and the like. Not the Lakers. The Lakers don't have any of his friends or associates on their payroll. How James chooses to spend his money is his business.
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Post#5 » by Scoot McGroot » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:34 pm

Jammer wrote:Thanks for the reply. But my point is, if a team hires a "coach" for some aspect of a players game where the player really picked the coach, not the team, shouldn't that players maximum salary be reduced by that amount and count against the cap. Say LeBron has a personal trainer, physical therapist and "assistant" on the Lakers staff that he said to hire, and the Lakers said yessir. Shouldn't those salaries reduce LeBron's maximum salary and count against the cap, since in reality he dictated their hiring, and the Lakers simply took them on based on LeBron saying their his crew. Would apply no matter what player specified to a team to bring on staff as his personal servant.


Smitty states above that Lebron pays his personal assistant, so that can be ignored. But, in a hypothetical like this, the team still chooses whether or not to fill these non-roster positions (and thus, not covered under any sort of salary cap or the like).

It's like saying that LeBron should be deducted the cost of the landscaping at the arena if he happened to say "I like Roses outside" and have the landscaping count against the cap. The team can choose whether or not to honor those wishes, and simply put, the landscaping, or non-roster positions for the Lakers are not connected or governed by the salary cap in any way, shape, or form. Same for coaches and GM's.
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Post#6 » by DBoys » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:36 pm

Mega superstars will have an inordinate amount of control over EVERYTHING within the franchise, because that's just how life works in a league where such a player makes a massive difference in a team's ability to win and draw fans.

To take it even one step further, let's imagine LeBron has the ability to get one head coach fired and another hired. Yet we don't even think of wondering if the coach's salary should be charged as part of LeBron's salary, even though he might be hand-picked by LeBron and certainly is going to spend a large part of his efforts working to help LeBron and do what LeBron prefers. If someone or something impacts that superstar's life or play, he very well might have a huge say in what is decided by the entire franchise, in who is hired and fired, and more. That's life.
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Post#7 » by DoItALL9 » Fri Aug 9, 2019 3:16 pm

Jammer wrote:Thanks for the reply. But my point is, if a team hires a "coach" for some aspect of a players game where the player really picked the coach, not the team, shouldn't that players maximum salary be reduced by that amount and count against the cap. Say LeBron has a personal trainer, physical therapist and "assistant" on the Lakers staff that he said to hire, and the Lakers said yessir. Shouldn't those salaries reduce LeBron's maximum salary and count against the cap, since in reality he dictated their hiring, and the Lakers simply took them on based on LeBron saying their his crew. Would apply no matter what player specified to a team to bring on staff as his personal servant.
What's the true concern? Do you believe if the Lakers hired all of LeBron friend's on staff that the Lakers would in some way have a competitive advantage?
What would be the test if someone was qualified for a position vs just being LeBron's friend?

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