So, one of the things that hasn’t been finalised in the new CBA is whether or not there will be portable free agency (so it’s 8 years total, regardless of how many clubs that is), and I believe that gets decided in October so potentially during the trade period. Also, the CBA and broadcast deals run until the end of 2022.
If you’re Josh Kelly, might it be potentially more tempting to sign a 4 year contract that sees you come out the other end a 26 year old free agent in your prime, or a 5 year deal at 27 as a new broadcast rights and CBA get signed?
In some ways I think a 7 or 8 year contract would favour the club. Obviously there’s the form and injury risks, which aren’t to be scoffed at, but having a star player on 1.1m or 1.2m a year for a couple of years if there’s another 20% pay bump down the road would be a big win.
Anyway, just some late night thoughts.