Adam Silver spoke about how the shortening of NBA contracts has helped foster increased player movement.
"Let me begin with player movement," said Silver. "We knew when we shortened contracts several years ago that the math would be the case that with shorter contracts you’re going to have more free agency, more player movement in the summer. It’s always a two-edged sword. On one hand, it creates a sense of renewal in a lot of markets. It gives teams an opportunity to rebuild. But the downside, of course, is for other teams, they potentially lose players.
"I also think that with shorter contracts, it creates more often a sense of urgency with players. It creates greater incentives for performance. I think on balance it’s working well. We didn’t do it to create more interest in the offseason, but obviously it’s created extraordinary media interest and fan interest. For the most part, that’s been something that’s positive."