Lockout in the NBA hasn’t impacted any real games yet… but some fun has already been lost.
Can we measure how much?
Here’s what happened in the NBA on 8th July 2010:
- 4 assistant coaches joined Hawks
- 7 draft picks signed their first contract,
- 10 players resigned with their original team [for over 570M$],
- 6 players signed with a new team [for over 100M$],
- 7 trades [including 2 trade exceptions].
Here’s what happened in the NBA on 9th July 2010:
- 7 players signed new contract [for over 350M$]… including LeBron, Wade and David Lee!
- 2 trades [including 2 trade exceptions],
- 1 draft pick signed his first contract.
Here’s what happened in the NBA on 8th and 9th July 2011: Nothing!
That hurts, right? Not only fans can’t wonder or discuss who will be a bust and which teams will improve but it’s notable that in those 2 days alone owners have agreed to spend over 1 billion dollars…
How much money divide sides apart right now?
Anyway, without all this player’s movement I wondered Is Free Agency The Busiest Part of the Season?
Here’s a look at league’s activity in 2010 [based on Professional Basketball Transactions Archive]:
Well, we had a trade-deadline and draft this year so we are missing only 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th busiest parts of the season…
Wow, that’s depressing but let’s remember that 2010 was kind of extraordinary in terms of free agents so let’s take a look at league’s activity in 2009 and 2008 [based on Professional Basketball Transactions Archive]:
So on average and in terms of pure number of moves the busiest parts are:
- First official day of the season when players became free agents,
- Preparing rosters for training camps,
- Start of Free Agency,
- Preparing rosters for regular season including team options for next year,
So players and owners, how much of this fun will happen this year?