As the trend ofplayers signing post-trade deadline deals with playoff-bound teams after being bought out proliferates, a majority of NBA general managers want the league to consider changes to the current system.
The concern among team executives and owners is that allowing players to negotiate buyouts and join contenders is unfair to some small- and mid-market franchises.
This season, for example, the Cavaliers landed Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut after those players cleared waivers. Last season, Andre Miller and Kevin Martin were late-season additions for the Spurs.
Part of the concern is that having the buyout deadline a week after the trade deadline incentivizes teams not to make trades. In other words, a team would rather wait until after the trade deadline to sign a player rather than give up assets to acquire him.
In addition to limiting trades, the system tends to result in tampering, salary-cap intervention and negative perception from fans and partners, sources told The Vertical.
A letter, supported by most of the league’s GMs and some owners and sent to the NBA, requests the issue be put on the agenda of May’s league meetings.