The NBA Board of Governors addressed the issue of tampering within the league, as well as salary cap circumvention, on Friday. They unanimously agreed on the propositions, according to league commissioner Adam Silver.
First, each team’s head of basketball operations and governor have to be “certified that they are complying with our rules.”
Now, this could all simply be fake hustle on the NBA’s part. Because they’d be foolish to truly want to put a stop to the free agency chaos.
If that’s a case, well done by the Board of Governors. Because everything Silver discussed has the potential to impact player-to-organization discussions on some level. (And on a smaller note, moving the moratorium ahead of the draft would probably be in everyone’s best interest.)
Now, these new punishments might help put a stop to something like LeBron James’ out-in-the-open recruitment of Anthony Davis, but that and the player-to-organization talks are only a portion of what goes into NBA free agency.
Ultimately, it’s all driven by the player-to-player interactions we don’t see. So long as the league can’t affect those conversations — which they probably never will — NBA free agency will continue to be Thunderdome