Could NBA Prevent the Formation of Super-Groups like Golden State

Could NBA Prevent the Formation of Super-Groups like Golden State

The Golden State warriors have become a thorn in the side of the league. While they failed to win the title in 2016, the Golden State Warriors, none the less, broke a 20-year-old record for wins. With Kevin Durant joining the warriors on a Max-level contract, it is hardly surprising that the Golden State warriors are the center of most debates about NBA betting picks.

Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, doesn’t like the idea of so much talent converging in a single team, and the NBA might have to start considering the following steps as an effective means of preventing super groups like the warriors from forming:

1). Max Salaries

Under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, basketball players that have been playing for ten years can earn up to 35 percent of the Salary cap. There are also built-in raises that can make certain contacts so much more lucrative. 

The NBA could remove the artificial limit on salary caps, eliminating maximums and making the free-agent decisions for players that much tougher. In a situation where a single player is consuming too much of the available salary, teams would be unable to stockpile so many big names under a single umbrella.

2). Hard Salary Caps

The League needs to insert a hard salary cap that forces teams to pay closer attention to the way they structure the salaries of their players. Cleveland paid $54 million in recompense to the league for exceeding their salary cap last season. 

Many players would start choosing guaranteed money if the lack of available funds became enough of a problem that they could not afford to take the chance to contend for a title in exchange for leaving millions of dollars on the table.

3). Incentives

If the league wants players to maintain their positions in their teams (instead of running away to form supergroups), they might have to help these teams offer grander financial incentives to their star players to remain in place rather than signing with a new team.

It is also within the NBA’s power to restrict the financial earnings of a player the first year of a free-agent deal, especially when they shift to a new squad. Mike Conley chose to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies when he became an unrestricted free agent in the summer because they offered him the largest contract in NBA history. 

Kevin Durant chose to pass on a similar offer. The NBA will have to make the transition from squad to squad much harder if they are going to preventing basketball stars from abandoning their teams for greener pastures. 

Of course, presuming that any of these moves would change anything on the ground is a little naïve. Adam Silver clearly hates the idea of a league where a select few teams are so far ahead of every other rival.

However, a lot of the actions he might take to change the situation would receive stiff resistance, especially from the Players’ Union who wouldn’t take the abolition of max salaries lying down. 

In fact, any actions that might limit the earning potential of players are unlikely to receive notable backing, which means Adam Silver can do little more than hope that things will eventually normalize on their own.