Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was against the tournament of the season in the past, but the owner has an open mind on the latest proposal, after Marc Stein. The tournament wouldn’t take place until the 2023-24 season, and commissioner Adam Silver has been pushing the idea for years. They are common in European football and give teams a second prize for competing each season.
Cuban remarked to Stein that it might “spur interest”. NBA business is booming, but they are always looking for ways to improve their product. It has been proposed that the group stage matches of the in-season tournament will be part of the 82-match schedule in 2019, so fans can expect at least some of the ongoing tournament contests are part of the normal team roster.
The Mavericks owner had his own proposal for the tournament this season, which he shared with Marc Stein. Here’s a look at what Cuba wants to do and how it could impact the draft.
Cuban wants the league to expand the NBA Draft to four rounds, with the winner of the in-season tournament earning the top pick in the two newly created rounds, according to Stein. Picks would not be negotiable in Cuba’s proposal, and Stein notes that expanding the draft would have to be negotiated collectively with the players’ association.
With tanking increasing across the league, this would give rebuilding teams another avenue to earn draft capital. It would also incentivize successful teams to compete hard in the in-season tournament for the extra picks. It is expected that there will be a cash prize for the players which should give them a lot of motivation.
Expanding the project is an interesting idea, but its success is unproven. The success rate for second-round picks isn’t high, so do teams want two more draft picks every year? It might improve the G League product, but it only works if teams are willing to raise salary in the league. There’s a lot of talent in the world to make the G League a hugely competitive league, but players go overseas because they can make more money.
The tournament of the season will soon be part of the NBA schedule. He’s not coming this year, but the tournament looks likely for the 2023-24 season. Will they adopt the Cuban idea? What are the specificities of the tournament? These are yet to be decided, but fans should keep an eye out for the latest.