Player-controlled free agency is a mess Adam Silver can’t fix — Whitlock | NBA | SPEAK FOR YOURSELF


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Jason Whitlock and Marcellus Wiley are joined by Stephen Jackson and Jim Jackson to discuss if the players have too much control in the NBA. Hear why Whitlock thinks that free agency has become a mess and commissioner Adam Silver cannot fix it.

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Is player control helping or hurting the NBA?

1 week ago

Regardless, it's not lasting . Owners WILL change this. Mark my words.

23 hours ago

@Iambriangregory r you really serious, I understand very well. Owners usually put a portion of there tabs on the cities such as stadiums, isn't the one of the reason Seattle no longer have a team, I understand the money of the franchises isn't nothing if no players were there, it's not about good business, and I'm not saying all teams, I'm making a point that white America can't feel or refuse to feel, it's about the power structure. When you have the Steelers who owner or GM or president says y'all kids follow big Ben, you make him absentee of any wrong doing, how they following dude being investigated for whatever reason, you talking to grown men, you can't take on part of what I said, everyone wants to educate, but most people wanna see other aspects

1 day ago

@Bruce Flash when you said you were SORRY you were correct. You're also a glutton for punishment you're also been dead for $700 I'm going to charge you every time YOU-ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

1 day ago

@Iambriangregory Yep, sorry. Still don't understand what you're saying 😂

1 day ago

I agree with Whitlock but I don't think he expressed the key point. The player's job is to stay in shape and play basketball. The owner's job is to build a team. The owner cannot do his job as well if the central players brought in can just leave unpredictably. It can bring down years of planning and building. Valuable assets can be traded away to acquire better players for a determined time (per contract) and that can be ruined and the build destroyed by those players not honouring the contract or their word.

Sure, players can be traded, but that's part of the nba life and a side effect of the owner's job and cap. Teams can't keep all assets or else they would. So there is always the chance you could be traded if the team isn't working out or someone better is available. That's why moves are made.
The problems here are caused by unwritten expectations. Players without a no trade cause expecting never to be traded. Or players wanting to be with a certain teammate, or players just having different desires and then that being allowed to hold sway. It's no way to operate. Business should always be done under clear terms laid down in contracts. Everyone, players and owners, need to know where they stand and be able to count on that.

What's the solution? I think the contracts are the answer. They need to be strengthened and perhaps more details and specifics need to be considered. More player friendly options need to be investigated, maybe even incentives created to allow players freedoms or perks that they can earn in various ways perhaps via longevity or performance but whatever the case it is essential that everything is done clearly and under contract. No unwritten expectations.

5 hours ago

I don’t think it’s good for parity because there’s no NBA players that wanna go to no fly over state. If every player had a Choice where to go, do you think California or anywhere on the east coast wouldn’t be their first and second choice?

8 hours ago

8 billion dollars is nothing to sneeze at.

2 days ago

Now that the big 3 era is over teams like the 04 Pistons will rise again.

3 days ago

Somebody call Willie D and Charlemagne. Butter biscuit man caping for Mr. Chalee again !!!

3 days ago

Fat man with a fedora

3 days ago

The business of professional sports treats it’s athletes like slaves. At the end of the day the owners look the best at the bank!

4 days ago

not sure if Whitlock or Viscera from WWF days

4 days ago

Is Whitlock saying to end free agency. players shouldn't be able to choose where they go when they enter FREE agency. Whitlock is a clown

4 days ago

Yeah, the thing they leave out is that if I work as a lawyer and I don't like my firm, I can QUIT and GO TO A NEW FIRM.

You can't do that in the NBA. You can't just quit a team and sign with a different one.

So if players can't quit, they should at least have the right to handle their free agency as they see fit when they are finally out of contract.

As far as trades go, they can request a trade, but they can't make the owners trade them. So that's not the same either.

Like imagine you quit your job, and then suddenly no other place is allowed to hire you, you have to pick a new industry or leave the entire country.

That's insane. No one would tolerate that in any other career besides sports.

4 days ago

Adam Silver sold players, not teams to networks for money. Now they've paid the guys and gave them the right to earn Free Agency. Players can't be bribed into staying on teams. Freedom to choose doesn't equal money. Some players can't be bought off. Team owners are making billions to players millions. Then there are bird rights. The owners haven't lost control. They just don't like player movement. The players are still drafted and have inexpensive contracts for 5-7 years. Adam Silver has to keep stars for sale to keep money coming in. It really is a sophisticated plantation system. I dislike the idea of selling stars and Superstars to the networks for money. Wait until he starts exporting American NBA players to China, Europe and Africa. He'll attach the big contracts to overseas placement. Those contracts won't be easy to break. Living in another country won't be simple either. Fewer laws and protections. We won't be able to watch the games without significant cost either. All this is done and the League is 70-85% African American but team ownership is not. We argue over these dollars and a bit of freedom while others own the teams, bird rights and make billions. No wonder Adam Silver and ownership think the guys can be bribed by large amounts of money. Hard to forget when the Clippers franchise became available and Black ppl wanted to purchase it that didn't get done. Diversity is more than a look and ppl shouldn't settle or be fooled by the NBA or NFL. Neither has diversity in franchise ownership.

4 days ago

Whitlock reminds me of a socialist. Let the free market work itself out. If a player doesn't want to be traded, then negotiate a no-trade clause. So easy. Otherwise an owner must have the ability to dump salary via a trade. Not agreeing to that it is like taking out a mortgage on a house and being told that you can't sell it until it's paid off.....ludicrous. You have to be able to run your business. If a player doesn't want to work work you anymore, work on trading him. Who wants a player that doesn't want to be there. Be professional, talk with the player and agree that both sides will put their best foot forward while searching for trade partners.

5 days ago

Eating at too many buffets is a mess also. I’m just saying.

5 days ago

Jason Whitlock is a idiot. I hate his opinions and he’s such a bigot. Hates on players, he hates player success.
Don’t forget that these great players earn those contracts and they bring in revenue to these cities and teams. That is their power. It’s not like all NBA players have these options.

5 days ago

I agree with Whit

5 days ago

FREEEEEEE AGENCYYYYYYY IS THE LANDDDDD OF THE NBAAAAAAAAAAAA.........and how we can have it EVERYYYYYYYYYYY YEARRRRRRRRRRRRRR,,??????????????........'''''''''WHEN YOU HAVE A CONTRACT OVER 10 MILLIONS YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PLAY FOR THIS CITY OVER A YEAR''''''''.............SO IF YOU ARE LEBRON YOU MUST GO IN EVERY AMERICA CITY.......SO????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!...WE HAVE FREE AGENCYYYYYYYYY EVERYYYYYYYYYYY YEARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.............................and we the EUROPEAN GUYS ADOREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE NBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA....not american football....hahahahaahhaaha

5 days ago

Whitlock's internalized inferiority complex is kicking up a fuss. The power of the player, or an athlete's having a say in their career or destiny is such a foreign concept to him, that he is doing his best to undermine anyone who rocks the owner/player boat. He is Sam Jackson's character in Django.

5 days ago

Football players are treated like slaves and can’t voice an opinion. NBA players can demand trades and het guaranteed money.but Jason Whitlock wants them all as slaves.

5 days ago

With all this generating billions, NFL players dont get paid as much. I'm sure those NFL players would like to trade contracts lol

5 days ago

They have good conversations on this show

5 days ago

NFL generates 2x the revenue as the NBA? If NFL players don’t like their money and contracts its their own fault.

5 days ago

The league is waaaaaaaaaaay more balanced this next season than its been in 4 years. CANT WAIT!

5 days ago

Im honestly starting to think whitlock is jealous of black athletes bc he makes noo sense

5 days ago

Tell me a corporation where ur not allowed to decide where u work if ur the best at ur job??

5 days ago

From a player side the NBA has the better deal- But Its not even close from a money standpoint. NFL is and will always be the king of sports in the US.

5 days ago

About time Players get to pick where they fit best 🏀🏀🏀 especially Veterans 💯💯💯

5 days ago

People are saying players should be able to control their future by dictating where they go and saying owners trade players all the time did you ever think if players would actually live up to their contracts and play well they wouldn't get traded LeBron james don't get traded because he lives up to his contract and performs every game the reason why certain players like Chris paul gets traded all the time is because they don't show up every game and produce wins on a nightly basis and helps the team advance

5 days ago

Of course Whitlock would be against a player having control of his career.

5 days ago

Whitlock: I’m happy for them
Me : hmmmm🤔🤔🤔🤔 that’s a lie

5 days ago