Ben Simmons’ holdout expected to change future of NBA trade demands
Ben Simmons’ holdout could pose massive ramifications to the future of the NBA. Earlier today, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer detailed the potential impact of Simmons and Kyrie Irving’s recent actions in the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2024. Irving and Simmons’ sudden departures and unwillingness to return to their teams has General Managers across the NBA wanting some form of insurance.
According to Fischer, some across the league have proposed a tax on players’ guaranteed money if they were to force themselves out after signing a max contract. Some proposals include the player giving up 70% of their contract or teams receiving 15% back when trading the star. Another idea was forcing the player to give up 60% of his guaranteed money once a request is made.
For example, in these situations, Ben Simmons would have to forfeit $102 million or $87 million if it was only guaranteed money. Fischer went on to say that it’s highly doubtful that the player’s union would agree to this amount, but the best option would be the 60% guaranteed. Ben Simmons reported back to Philadelphia after losing just $1 million, so it’s not hard to think that players would report at the risk of losing tens of millions.
Another proposal was the idea of supplemental draft selections like the NFL and MLB have in place. In an era where stars are forcing their way out only moments after re-signing with the team, these negotiations will be at the center of the next CBA. Luckily for Philadelphia, Ben Simmons is back in town, and hopefully, things will work themselves in the near future.
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