September 2019 Basketball Wiretap

NBA Considering New Anti-Tampering Measure

Sep 19, 2019 5:43 PM

Adam Silver is proposing a new anti-tampering proposal at this week's Board of Governors meeting.

In an effort to enforce existing rules regarding tampering, the league could vote on whether to approve an annual, random auditing of five teams' communications with rival front offices and player agents. 

The owners have wanted the NBA to help level the playing field.

The NBA must receive 23 "yes" votes to approve the new measure.

Teams and league officials will address questions about privacy and the specifics of enforcement.

Silver already has authority to investigate allegations of tampering, including reviewing text messages and other forms of communications.

"I don't think he should have any right to get into my phone," one GM told ESPN. "I wish my owner would vote no, but I doubt he will. You'll only make yourself a target for investigation if you do."

Some executives and agents are planning to wean themselves off electronic communication.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

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Michele Roberts Believes There's 'Double Standard' On Criticizing Players Switching Teams

Sep 18, 2019 4:08 PM

Michele Roberts told The Undefeated that she believes there is a “double standard” between how players are perceived when they choose to change teams versus franchises who decide to trade players.

“If you want to be critical of one, be critical of both,” Roberts said. “Those of us who made decisions to move, it’s really astounding to even consider what it feels like to be told in the middle of your life you are going to have to move. But that’s the business we’re in. …

“No one seems to spend a lot of time thinking about what it’s like to make those kinds of moves completely involuntarily. You volunteer to play or not play. But, yeah, if it’s still the case that if you think you’ve got to suck it up, player, then, hell, you’ve got to suck it up, team.”

This offseason, Anthony Davis and Paul George received criticism for requesting trades to the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers respectively.

The Houston Rockets, however, received very little criticism for trading away Chris Paul.

“No one has said a word about what happens when the team precipitously trades a man, especially a family man, and the consequences that that has on him,” said Roberts. “We spend so much time criticizing a player’s decision to move but no time wondering or thinking is anything contoured about a team’s decision to move a player.

“Now, I don’t think either one of them is evil. If a team has the right to trade you, then that’s the way it works. Similarly, if a player has the right to leave, that’s the way it works too. If the team doesn’t want to trade the player, it doesn’t.”

Roberts believes players are held to a different standard.

“There’s just a perception that owners have rights and players don’t,” Roberts said. “I mean it’s unfortunate that we tend to, on some levels, continue to view players as property as opposed to people. And so, you allow for a certain flexibility as you exercise your property rights that somehow appear to be more compelling than a player’s individual freedom.

“And I can’t figure it out except that there is still this perception that you are property, the team is property and I can manage my property any way I want. If you think that property rights are significant, then they must think you have to believe that individual liberty is significant, but not as significant? So, in my view, more significant. I don’t know why, and it could be because there’s some issues involving race and class and a number of things, but I don’t know that I know why it is. I just know that it is.”


Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated


Sale Of Nets To Joe Tsai Unanimously Approved By NBA Governors

Sep 18, 2019 11:38 AM

The NBA Board of Governors has unanimously approved the sale of the Brooklyn Nets to Joe Tsai.

“We are thrilled that Joe Tsai is becoming the principal owner and governor of the Brooklyn Nets,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.  “In addition to being a passionate basketball fan, Joe is one of China’s preeminent internet, media and e-commerce pioneers and his expertise will be invaluable in the league’s efforts to grow the game in China and other global markets.  I would also like to thank Mikhail Prokhorov and Dmitry Razumov for their enormous contributions to the Brooklyn community, the Nets organization and the league.  They leave a thriving team, well-positioned for the future.”

RealGM Staff Report

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NBA Estimating $116M Salary Cap For 20-21, $125M For 21-22

Sep 16, 2019 12:26 PM

The NBA has informed teams they are estimating a salary cap of $125 million for the 2021 offseason.

LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George are currently slated to be free agents in that offseason.

The estimate for the 20-21 season is $116 million.

The estimates are $1 million lower for 20-21 and unchanged for 21-22.

The luxury tax line for 20-21 is $141 million with 21-22 coming in at $151 million.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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