I was thinking about how things are going to change dramatically under the new CBA, in all likelihood. Then I thought of something else, what if the NBA goes to a performance based metric, to prevent this crisis of "overpaid" players?
Rookie deals remain the same.
Restricted Free Agency and Unrestricted Free Agency - retain the rules about year over year increases, BUT, insert this new metric based on performance. It would get somewhat hairy, but I think there could be ways around it. For players who get injured and miss significant time (or the whole season), for the tier 1 contract, as long as the player averaged at least 30 MPG in the games that were played and achieved the metrics, they will qualify--if they missed the whole season, then last year's numbers qualify. If they missed two straight seasons, then they get knocked down to tier 2 (tier 1 ineligible).
Tier 1 contract:
Max Amount Paid: Unlimited
* more than 10 assists per game (average over at least 3 years)
* more than 25 PPG (average over at least 3 years); on minimum 40% FG shooting
* more than 12 RPG (average over at least 3 years)
* more than 5 BPG (average over at least 3 years)
* more than 3 SPG (average over at least 3 years)
Tier 2 contract:
Max Amount Paid: $12 million/yr
* more than 7 assists per game (average over at least 3 years)
* more than 18 PPG (average over at least 3 years) on minimum 43% FG shooting
* more than 9 RPG (average over at least 3 years)
Tier 3 contract:
Max Amount Paid: $8 million/yr
* more than 4 APG (average over at least 3 years)
* more than 10 PPG (average over at least 3 years) on minimum 43% FG shooting
* more than 6 RPG (average over at least 3 years)
Tier 4 contract:
Max Amount Paid: $5 million or less - no qualifiers
Also, I'd shoot for 3 year deals at most.
As I see it this puts some serious separation between the LeBrons and Kobes, and the Dengs and Maggettes of the world. This is not very stringent IMO - all this does is set up maximum amounts that players can be paid based on their performance. But it does prevent major damage and waste from occuring, IMO, and makes players forced to perform at all times in order to earn their contracts w/the shorter deals and more accountability.
Also create provisions for pay raises based on team performance - playoff performance creates revenue sharing in each players' contract - for all the savings owners will have based on these new contract guidelines, they will need to share playoff earnings with the players. If a team wins a title, for example, just getting the rings will not be enough for the players (and the owner getting all the profit). Now the players will be getting paid in a major way too. So while the focus on the initial contract would make one appear to think that only individual stats are all the rage, if a team achieves certain metrics (let's even throw in a win-loss dynamic too - 1st in the conference gets a 5% raise, et al) they get paid due to the inevitably increased revenue and profits.
Granted, the NBAPA will balk big time at this. But I think if players like Dwight, Melo, LeBron, Kobe, CP3, et al are swayed by the notion of unlimited contracts provided they continue their stellar level of play, the NBAPA will not have a leg to stand on IMO and will be forced to acquiese to a model like this as the faces of the league will abandon them pretty quickly.
What do you guys think of this plan?
Here's a few examples that would work under this plan:
Tier 1 player: Wade (25 PPG AVG over last 3 years), Dwight (13 RPG AVG over last 3 years), Nash (10 APG over last 3 years). These guys could get as much money as they want and whatever they are willing to take.
Tier 2 player: Baron Davis (7 APG avg over last 3 years) - right now he has a 13 mill/5 yr contract - this would save a team 5 mill on the life of the deal and another 26 mill from the 2 extra years lopped off.
Tier 3 player: Larry Hughes - his numbers are perfect for this range - he is on a 13 mill contract per year right now, but before he got his contract had this new metric system been in place he would have only been able to get 8 mill at the most. Another good example is Biedrins. He barely qualified for this tier yet he got a 6 year 63 million deal. This would have chopped off 2 million and saved the team 10 million over the life of the deal, plus approx 30 mill on the 3 extra years lopped off.
I think this would be great, but that's just me.