A Franchise Tag In The NBA?

May 11, 2011 – 11:49 am by Ryan Phillips

One of the most contentious issues in the NFL these days is the franchise tag designation. The rule essentially allows an NFL team to prevent a player from hitting free agency by “tagging” him and keeping him for a season at an elevated salary. Now, the NBA has apparently proposed its version of a franchise tag to the players’ union.

Sports Illustrated is reporting that the league presented a franchise tag idea to the players, but it wouldn’t work like the NFL’s version. Under this provision, a team could designate one player for “preferential contractual treatment,” which would mean more money and possibly more years on a contract. A player would also have to agree to the designation.

This type of deal would actually seem to benefit both parties. It would essentially work as an incentive for a player to remain with one team, rather than a barrier to free agency. Franchises would have the security to build around certain players, while players would have a financial incentive to stay with a team for longer.

While it seems like a win-win scenario for everyone involved, the NBA and players are still in the very early stages of negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement. That means a measure like this could be completely changed or even scrapped by the time a deal is made.

Still, it’s an interesting idea that could go a long way to stop All-Stars from bouncing around the league.

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  1. 2 Responses to “A Franchise Tag In The NBA?”

  2. they are out of their mind if they really think the players are going for a franchise tag nobody wants to be stuck on a team who wants a star player just for the money and not to win waisting their career with the same bleeping team not having a chance to win they are crazy lock out is on the horizon

    By Anonymous on May 12, 2011

  3. If it does go through it is going to take months even years before it actually becomes real.

    By Brett Peterson on May 21, 2013

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