The NBA is still encouraging some form of tanking by ensuring teams that as long as they end up with one of the three worst records in the league, they can draft a franchise-altering talent. Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy believes that the only thing left to do would be scrapping the NBA Draft, and implementing an entirely different approach. “I’d get rid of it, just get rid of the draft altogether,” Van Gundy told reporters after practice. “We’d just deal with the salary cap. Make all [rookies] free agents coming in, and if I want to go give a guy $50 million a year, good, but I got to do it under the cap.”
This may gives players a chance to decide where they want to go, seeing that most would rather live close to home even if that means choosing less money.
Putting the decision in the hands of the players is a risky proposition, but if the NBA is serous about preventing teams from tanking, it may be radical enough to work.
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