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The most ridiculous game of hide-and-go-seek ever committed in Vegas. Twice.

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HOUSTON, TX - JULY 19: Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets displays his jersey during a press conference at Toyota Center on July 19, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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We really need to cover this. Because it’s hilarious.

So there’s this weird thing going on in free agency. For restricted free agents, here’s the process. Qualifying offer tendered, rendering the player a restricted free agent. The player is free to negotiate an offer sheet with any team in the league, and sign it. If they do sign an offer sheet with another team, the offer sheet then has to be delivered to the team that holds his rights as a restricted free agent. From there, the team has three days to match the offer and keep him, or let him go.

But we’ve discovered a fun little gadget as part of this.

The offer sheet has to be physically delivered to the representative of the team, usually the general manager. It has to be physically placed in his hands. Like a subpoena.

As this is all going on during NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, this has lead to high-ho hilarity.

From during the whole Lin saga:

Rockets so far unable to hand deliver Lin offer sheet. Knicks refused to accept at team hotel. Glen Grunwald not at practice yest, gm today.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 14, 2012

Rockets had a courier knocking on doors at hotel, call room. Could not get someone to accept offer sheet yesterday. — Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 14, 2012

Rockets had a courier knocking on doors at hotel, call room. Could not get someone to accept offer sheet yesterday.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 14, 2012

Seriously. This is actually happening. In 2012, with so much of the world has all of their business done online, the NBA still has to have guys putting paper in physical hands. Deron Williams signed his contract on an iPad. But this is the way the NBA works with things. This after a reduction of the match period from seven days to just three. But, OK, the Knicks are silly, we knew this. Surely this won’t happen, again, ri...

Plan is for Asik offer sheet to be delivered at Vegas Summer League today. Rockets will ask for Tuesday deadline since attempts made SAT.

— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 22, 2012

Well, then.

NBA free agency has essentially been reduced to “You can’t catch me! Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!”

Couldn’t there just be a secure upload site that sends email notification to a GM’s email and phone via SMS? Am I crazy for thinking that we don’t really need to rely on couriers and hijinx in 2012? It’s just a pretty ridiculous situation, especially because it’s entirely aimed at giving the team with the players’ rights an advantage in determining whether to match or work on a way around it.

It’s not a big deal, but it yet another “only in the NBA” kind of stories. Representatives of a team in free agency chasing GMs all over Vegas as the GMs try and hide from receiving the offer sheet to start the clock.