How the NBA’s New CBA Impacts Trade Market, Free Agency

December 14th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

The full deal isn't done just yet, but the NBA announced Wednesday it had reached a tentative accord with the NBPA on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Once ratified, the agreement will bring about significant changes to roster sizes, season length, player salaries and D-League assignments. You can find details on those proposed tweaks in reports from's David Aldridge and The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Here, we'll narrow the focus to how the new rules could impact potential trades and free agency.


Thanks for Staying

The last CBA generally prevented marquee players from leaving the small-market clubs that drafted them, despite extension rules that actually made it smarter for most to choose free agency over the three-year add-on. Kevin Durant hung around with the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise for nine years before bouncing, Anthony Davis re-signed with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2015, and, mostly, stars entering restricted free agency after their rookie deals didn't leave.

John Wall, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Bradley Beal, Draymond Green, Klay ...

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