In free agency, there are so many rumors and double talk that for the most part, you’re better off just sitting back and watching the dominoes fall rather then try and predict who is going to sign where. My favorite times are when a player claims that don’t want to really leave the team that they are on but the money is simply to enticing, it always makes for an interesting situation but one that doesn’t come around as often as you would think. That isn’t a bad thing either, it’s a great thing for both the players and teams that there is something called restricted free agency.
Now I know that if you’re reading this you more then likely know what restricted free agency is but after having a conversation about it with someone I work with I don’t think I ever realized just how much I like the fact that it is exists in the sports worlds of the NFL and the NBA.
The way it works in the NBA is once a player gets to his restricted year, the team has to sign that player to a qualifying offer and after they do that, they have the right to match any contract the player signs with any other team that off-season as well as the ability to work out their own agreement with him. The player can either go out and find himself the best deal out there and see if his team will match the offer or simply wait a year and become an unrestricted free agent.