COON: Brooklyn Nets Winning The CBA Battle

Updated: September 20, 2013

Larry Coon, NBA salary cap guru, put together a piece for ESPN Insider that detailed the winners and losers of the CBA to this point which is in its third season.

Below is the criteria he used for the piece:

[quote_box]The new agreement — in conjunction with its new revenue-sharing system that launched at the same time — would fix the league’s economy, ensuring that every well-managed team could turn a profit while competing for a championship.

The agreement also strove to level the playing field. High-spending teams would be reined in by a progressive luxury tax and system restrictions aimed at taxpayers. Relaxed trade rules, a new midlevel exception and a new stretch provision gave teams more maneuvering room and put more tools at the disposal of savvy GMs.[/quote_box]

[quote_simple] Larry Coon | ESPN Insider

The winners

These are the teams that have fared well under the new CBA. There are some consistent threads among these teams — financial relief from revenue sharing and successfully reading the market to anticipate how things will shake out as the league’s economy shifts. Interestingly, only one team was a clear winner because it could keep spending, while other teams could no longer afford to.

Brooklyn Nets

The new agreement didn’t eliminate the gap between the haves and the have-nots. In fact, it widened it. But here’s the key — there are now fewer teams in the haves category, because Nets Ball Logomost teams don’t have the truly deep pocketbooks to spend like they did under the old agreement. The Nets are one of the few remaining teams with the resources to continue spending.

Need to cut a big revenue-sharing check? Happy to oblige. An $87 million luxury-tax bill? Sure, whatever. The Nets have remained buyers in what — due to other teams needing to make financial adjustments — has become a buyer’s market.

So when Boston was ready to unload Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, the Nets were in a position to snatch them up. Having the ability to spend gives them additional options that most teams don’t have.[/quote_simple]

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