NBA Free Agency: 5 ways to improve the process

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Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony (7) of the New York Knicks, forward LeBron James (6) of the Miami Heat and forward Chris Bosh (1) of the Miami Heat talk before the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Here we are, on day eight of the NBA free agency process and we’ve yet to learn anything more about LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony or any other elite free agents (sorry, Kyle Lowry). It’s maddeningly frustrating and it’s one of the major problems we have in our system today. I’ve got five ideas that would make this whole process more exciting and ultimately, more fair for everyone.

As it stands, we have a soft cap in the NBA. Teams can go over that cap to sign their own players and can also use exceptions to go over it. Without going through all of the details, we’ll just agree that the system is stringent and it forces teams to use a lot of creativity in building the team they want.

We’ve also got the free agency waiting period, before any deals can be made official. For those that like suspense, you might enjoy this period of rumor-mongers filling our Twitter timelines with the latest news that doesn’t actually qualify as news. “Reports say Chris Bosh is considering his max offer from the Houston Rockets.” OH REALLY?

Let’s get into the list of ways to improve the process, starting with what I believe is the biggest problem: restricted free agency.

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