Blake Griffin bought out the contract with the Nets from the Pistons. LaMarcus Aldridge bought out the contract with the Nets from the Spurs. Andre Drummond bought out the contract from the Cavaliers and signed with the Lakers.
Some fans and the media screamed in horror. Some teams even want to change the buyout system in the next “collective bargaining agreement.”
Will the National Basketball Players Association really do this?
The union reflexively defends the players’ freedom of action. Players who are bought out can choose their new team.
But many participants attach importance to the balance of competition.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:
I know that fans are criticizing these actions. But the same is true for players. I got some text messages from the players, especially when it was signed by LaMarcus Aldridge. He could have gone elsewhere. He could have gone to Miami. “
Sometimes, the union will support policies that allow the players most directly affected to yield but collectively promote players.
It is not clear whether the players who texted Haynes are a representative sample of the league. However, the buyout reform may be supported on both sides of the negotiating table.