Basketball is in a tricky situation. They do not want to follow baseball's model, hence the call for a hard cap. However the major market owners really do not want to have a franchise tag. Players want guarenteed contracts, owners don't. As a fan I do not think there should be, since they can cripple a franchise for years. Some things that I would like to see in the new CBA.
The Cap-I understand the benefits of both. If owners want to spend money they should be able to. But those same owners complain about having to give out contracts. Wait what? I like what the NBA has to a degree. I would not mind a soft cap, but if you pass it there is a certain limit. Maybe 5-10 million. And you pay a luxery tax for going up. Kind of like the luxery tax now. This way owners limit themselves, but major markets or owners who don't mind spending money(Portland or Orlando come to mind) can spend money to attract players.
D-League- To me this is being underutilized. This should be a minor league system. Teams should have coaches that are already part of the staff coach them. This would allow teams to place players there so that they have a home. Instead of letting this talented players go to europe have them here, develop them here, and then play them. You could add a round to the draft allowing second and third round picks to play for the D-League team instead of getting cut. Then allow for rosters to expand in April or May. Similar to the September call ups in baseball.
Franchise Tag- I do not think this will happen. Small market owners will want it, but larger market owners may not want it. I would like it, especially if contracts no longer become guarenteed. Then the Lakers could basically cut everyone anytime a free agent they want becomes available. If it does come available, if the player and team do not agree to an extensiono or if the client does not want to sign it, whatever team signs him automatically gives up two first round picks.
Trade Exception- Please get rid of this and just give the teams the cap space. Trade exception are too complicated. Just give them cap space to go and sign free agents. It would not cripple teams as much.
I am not going to go into the money part of it, since it is really numbers that we can not break down since we do not have team's books. And we do not know contracts teams have with advertisers, TV contracts, etc. Thoughts? Anything I missed? Anything you do not agree with?