“In the case of Kevin Durant I absolutely respect his decision, once he becomes a free agent, to make a choice that’s available to him. Having said that, I do think to maintain those principles … in terms of creating a league in which every team has the opportunity to compete, I do think we need to re-examine some of the elements of our system.”
Silver is clearly challenging the players union, when he should put the onus on cheap or unqualified owners as well.
We can expect smaller market owners to push for a hard salary cap, but you’re not going to force the big-time NBA stars to sign with Memphis, New Orleans, Utah or Charlotte because it feels and sounds good.
The Spurs are one of the smallest markets in the league and do an amazing job, so why can’t the Kings?
“It requires two parties to make those changes,” Silver said.
“I think it’s critically important that fans in every market have that belief that if their team is well-managed they can compete. My sense is some of the player movement we just saw isn’t necessarily a function of market size. It’s clearly, in the case of one particular player, a desire to be in a situation with a group of players who have already proven they can win.”
The NBA and the Players Association each can opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement after the 2016-17 season.