mastermixer wrote:I'm not following how the rule has changed.
Can someone explain?
From the reading. Due to the Stephien rule you can't trade 1sts in back to back years so you have include "two years after" in trading additional first to satisfy the Stephien rule. It was limited to one "two year after" trade. Now, you can do it twice. At least, that is my understanding.
To try to build off of this last response, the Stepien rule makes it so a team can't owe two CONSECUTIVE first round picks. So, for example, if a team traded their 2016 1st rounder, they can't trade their 2017 or if they trade 2017, they can't trade their 2018.
In the case of the Clippers, that the article gave, they owe the Raptors first, so in 2017 their pick would go to Toronto.
Boston would then get the Clippers 1st rounder in 2019 because the Clippers can't trade their 2018 pick (Stepien rule). The article then states that the Clippers can trade either their 2021 or 2022 because the Clippers can't trade their 2020 pick.
So if you picture the Clippers' picks in a timeline it looks like this:
2017 (Raptors), 2018 (Clippers), 2019 (Celtics), 2020 (Clippers), 2021 (Clippers), 2022 (Clippers)
You can notice the pattern and it can make more sense seeing it visually. 2021 is the earliest they can offer a pick.
Essentially, a team can trade first round picks as long as they are two years apart, and the team receiving the pick knows that they have to wait for their turn. So if the Clippers offered a 1st Rounder in any trade going forward, the team receiving the pick would be aware that they wouldn't get it until 2021 (at the earliest) because they owe Toronto and Boston first and they HAVE to keep the pick after it is given Boston.
You can view it as an "IOU" so that they can make a trade now.
Hope this clarified things.