The NBA Free Agent Double Standard Debate

Read the opposing arguments from Babe Ruthless and Bleacher Fan.

It is rather rare that the intro to a new debate starts out with how each side agrees on something. That is the case today, however. Both Babe Ruthless and Bleacher Fan enter today’s debate in full agreement that there is a double standard in the NBA right now when it comes to free agency.

Players can talk about which teams they are thinking about going to before the free agency season officially kicks off. They can mention other players, team names, team executives AND their pets.

Executives (and coaches/other non-player team employees) get fined for even a mention of a targeted free-agent to be. All around nice guy and former Phoenix Suns general manager Steve Kerr is the perfect example. He, jokingly, commented about how he would sign LeBron James to the midlevel exception (clearly a preposterous statement made in jest), but was fined $10,000 for it anyway.

It is clear this double standard must be addressed, which leads us to today’s debate question: Should the NBA repeal the rule that bans folks from talking about free agent targets, or ban players AND executives from chatting it up about free agency?

Babe Ruthless will argue that the tampering rule should be repealed, allowing for a free agent free-for-all and a drama the media – and fans – are sure to love. Bleacher Fan will argue that the tampering rule should be more strictly enforced, and its scope should expand to players.

What should the NBA do – and why?

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