I’m always surprised star player aren't a bigger part of the trade deadline and NBA free agency in general. All of the rumors are about what teams want and what they’re willing to give up. The teams still dictate the terms entirely, and the players are just pawns. And this in a league that is more star/talent dependent than any other. If the goal is to make money, star players get the max regardless. The only way to make more than the max is to win, and rake in all the endorsements that come with that. I’m not saying we should see a repeat of Wade/Lebron/Bosh, or even the DurantWarriors, but I am confused why more non-superstar players like Lillard, Cousins, JimmyButler, Wall, KAT, Butler, Millsap, AD, Porzingis, IsaiahThomas etc aren’t collaborating to join forces. The worry seems to be “Why would I sign a 1-2 year deal so that our free agencies line up? If I get hurt, I could miss out on 100M”. It’s seems logical, except that the single-player cap is sooo far below the market value, if a young player suffers the worst possible injury (ACL or Achilles), they’ll still get the max when they come back. Maybe they worry “But everyone in *insert city here* would hate me”, which is pretty much true. But if you don’t win there, they’ll pawn you off in the end anyway. You’re only beloved if you win. If you’re a guy like Karl Anthony Towns/ Porzingis/Paul George etc, get on the phone with other players. Other players are your only possible allies in this power game, because the fans and teams are only in it for themselves.
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