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SBD/May 12, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NBA's Latest CBA Proposal Calls For Hard Salary Cap, But Not Until '13
Published May 12, 2011
DIFFERENT GAME OF TAG: SI.com's Zach Lowe cited sources as saying that the NBA "proposed to the players’ union last month a version of the 'franchise tag' that it wants to include" in the next CBA." But it would be "very different from the NFL's version." While the NFL's franchise tag "allows a team to essentially block one of its free agents from entering the market," the NBA's recent proposal would allow a team to "designate one player for preferential contractual treatment, including more overall money, more guaranteed money and at least one extra year on his contract." A player "would have to agree to such a designation," and sources said that it is "designed to work as an incentive to get a player to remain with his team rather than as a roadblock to free agency." Sources stressed that this is "one small part of a larger proposal and must be considered as such." Sources also said that the league's proposal "would ban fully guaranteed contracts." All contracts would have "limits on the amount of money a player would be guaranteed to receive, and those guarantees would decline during the life of each contract" (SI.com, 5/11).