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Free Agency before the Draft

Wanted to see what everyone thoughts are about Free agency before the draft. Football does this and it works well. I think it would be a good idea, you draft what you didn't sign in free agency. Thoughts?


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Best player available

If you look at the draft to fill needs you aren't doing it right. I like it more for trades, than filling holes. NBA and NFL draft just aren't the same. You pick for need in the NFL draft.

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Free Agency cannot happen

Free Agency cannot happen before season is over but it is a decent idea. The issue could be with top prospects not wanting to go to certain teams if FA season happened beforehand.

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I don’t the OP is saying to

I don’t the OP is saying to have free agency before the season is over with, just schedule the draft later. NFL has free agency right after the Super Bowl in february, yet the draft isn’t until April. The OP is asking if the NBA were to do something similar. Start free agency in June right after the Finals are over and the draft would be done in August for example.

I personally don’t mind either way. I think the way it is done now, it creates for more suspense and trades. You don’t know which needs a team will address in the draft and nor do you know which ones will be addressed in free agency. That’s the whole fun in it. On the other hand if the draft is done after free agency it would still create more trades in the draft but these trades would most likely be made before the draft started because there is more time for teams to negotiate instead of during the draft. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, it just adds more drama. Even if the draft was after free agency the drama in free agency and the draft wouldn’t decrease nor would it increase. I actually think it would remain about the same.

It is something the NBA should look into because the longer you are in the playoffs the less time you have to look at draft prospects, because you are more focused on the playoffs instead of the draft. About half the league gets to focus on the draft in mid April while the rest the league has to multitask, focus on both the draft and the playoffs. Is this really fair?

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I see

what you are saying about it not being fair, but on the other side is it fair that playoff teams get extra revenue from the additional games played at home? My answer would be “yes, because they earned it by making the playoffs.” But the point I’m trying to make is things are not always equal. These teams pay people to scout 365 a year, so I don’t see any major disadvantage.

I also hate when star players pressure front office for certain draft prospects. That’s just wrong in my opinion. Prime example: When Lebron pushed Mia into taking Shabazz Napier and then left the team 3 weeks later.

I find myself in favor of any rule that promotes more competition. A harder cap would spread out these stars and limit this super team model. I’m for that. Being able to resign your player for more than anyone else helps smaller markets compete more. I’m for that. Anything that will help non playoff teams rise and push for playoff spots is something I can see myself supporting. I like the 1-16 seeding instead of east/west because it will keep a 42 win western conference team from getting a higher draft pick than a 23 win team from the east.

I would like teams to go into the draft with free agency done and their team set. I usually feel BPA is the way to go in the draft (and always the way to go in the lottery) but it could have some effects when it comes to late first and second round choices.

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Gotta ask

When has a 42 win Western conference team got a higher pick than a 23 win Eastern team? I remember some bad teams in the East making the playoffs, but never to that extreme.

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Hyperbole

there have been over 30 teams in NBA history who have missed the playoffs while having a record over .500. Theoretically all of them had a lottery’s chance to leap frog people but I wasn’t citing something that had happened just something that could happen. My example could def be considered extreme.

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