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03-22-2012, 08:05 AM
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Who exactly is motivated to create the amnesty situation? I think this is a notion created by hopeful people who want there to be an eraser for the Gainey/Gauthier mess. It made sense in the context of a one-time salary rollback, but doing it a second time would essentially undermine the salary cap . Managers would operate differently if they knew the league were going to burn their bad contracts every now and again. Don't see it happening to be honest.
It's not a notion we created. It has happened in the past. If the changes to the CBA are big enough that existing salary structures don't fit anymore, then there is almost a requirement for it. Say for example if they lower the player percentage and hence lower the salary cap. Teams which have signed up to a $70M salary cap and are suddenly looking instead at a new one of $60M will need some kind of mechanism to achieve compliance.
And in that scenario, compliance buyouts ought to be more attractive to the PA than a rollback across the board. A few players have to pound the pavement, but they get to do so with millions of dollars of buyout money in their pocket. And the existing contract standards and comparables for the vast majority of players don't have to go through a couple of years of re-inflation to get back to the present values.
Also, even without that, the players do receive a fixed percentage of the overall league revenue atm. So if Gomez and a few of his albatrossic buddies are sucking up millions and millions of that money, then the rest of the league gets less. If they were instead to be bought out with no cap ramifications, then all the rest of the players would get more.
And managers... well, they never change, they will always want the quickest fixes possible, so of course would not object to this opportunity. Maybe a few teams who have their ships in perfect order would object on the basis of their rivals having a bit of an advantage, but again this is all going to come months after the free agent period anyway, so it's not like teams will be able to quickly re-invest their savings into any significant competitive advantages in the short-term.
I could see the amnesty/compliance buyouts coming. Or they might just offer a new buyout window under something like the existing rules when the new CBA comes into play - where you don't get a total free pass on the cap hit of bought out players. But a second opportunity to do it, given the uncertainty that is likely to surround the upcoming June 15th window.
Personally, I don't see any need for big CBA changes, and I don't see why they shouldn't just essentially extend the existing CBA and then forego all this stuff. But I don't get any solid sense either whether either side is pushing for big changes or not. It's all too murky to do anything but speculate wildly atm.
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