Report: NBA players also criticizing buyout system, particularly LaMarcus Aldridge signing with Nets
Blake Griffin took a buyout from the Pistons to sign with the Nets. LaMarcus Aldridge took a buyout from the Spurs to sign with the Nets. Andre Drummond took a buyout from the Cavaliers to sign with the Lakers.
Would the National Basketball Players Association actually go for that?
The union reflexively defends freedom of movement for players. Bought-out players get to choose their new teams.
But many players value competitive balance.
Sometimes, the union supports policy that aggrieves the most directly affected players but lifts players collectively.
It’s unclear whether the players texting Haynes are a representative sample of the league. But it’s possible buyout reform has support on both sides of the negotiating table.