Last summer, the NBA saw a number of teams come to verbal agreements with players before the free agency period had officially begun. Now, the league is looking to make some changes in order to make teams fall in line and follow the rules.
On this episode of the NBA Front Office Show, Trevor Lane and Keith Smith discuss the potential changes and whether or not they will work. The league may be able to cut down on teams reaching verbal agreements early, but player-to-player tampering is a completely different story. Stopping players from talking about the teams they play for is an all-but-impossible task and one that could put the league into a difficult position.
Plus, the Houston Rockets may have pulled off a major coup when they signed Nene to his unique contract. Due to the structure of the deal, the Rockets may be a major player prior to the trade deadline since Nene’s contract can offer massive savings to another team due to the structure of the bonuses that are included. The Rockets could make a push to land a veteran like Andre Iguodala from a non-playoff team in an effort to climb to the top of the Western Conference.
As the show moves on, we do a deep dive into the offseasons of the Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz, and Memphis Grizzlies, breaking down player movement and their cap situation.
The Bulls struggled with injuries and tactical issues last season, but added a point guard in Coby White with the 7th overall pick in the draft. White will be added to a young core that includes Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter, and Lauri Markannen, who each have shown flashes of the players that they can become. Their midseason move to land Otto Porter may also pay dividends once they are ready to make a playoff push, as will new arrivals Tomas Satoransky and Thaddeus Young.
The Jazz may have had one of the best under-the-radar offseasons in the league. They added veterans in Mike Conley and Bogdan Bogdanovich to their starting lineup, plus depth in Ed Davis and Jeff Green. The Jazz figure to be a force to be reckoned with in the West.
We wrap things up with the Grizzlies, who aren’t expected to be a playoff team but have made a number of moves to set themselves up for the future. Jaren Jackson Jr. looks like a star in the making and Ja Morant is being handed the keys now that the team has parted ways with Conley and signaling an end to the grit-and-grind era.
All that and tons more on this packed show. Rate, review, and subscribe to the NBA Front Office Show on Apple Podcasts or wherever you consume podcasts.