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Adam Silver Admitted Shorter Contracts Have Given Star Players Too Much Power

Adam Silver Admitted Shorter Contracts Have Given Star Players Too Much Power
Published On: Thu, Mar 07
Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number twenty-four overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Silver sat down with The Ringera€™s Bill Simmons for a wide-ranging chat about the state of the NBA at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and was surprisingly candid about the biggest challenges his league faces in 2019. Right off the bat, Silver made a somewhat monumental admission: the leaguea€™s preference for shorter player contracts has ended up backfiring.

The initial idea made sense: shorter contracts would give players who were outperforming their current deals the ability to renegotiate sooner to more closely match their current value, while also giving teams the ability to stay away from those massive, long deals for star players who will fail to meet that monetary value in the back end of said contracts. But the a€œunintended consequencesa€ of shorter contracts, as Silver put it, has been the ability of star players like Anthony Davis to control their destinies more than ever, and cluster themselves amongst a select group of teams.

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