NBA AM: Why Mess Around With Xavier?
By: Steve Kyler Last Updated: 7/26/10 10:16 AM ET | 2140 times read
Why Play Games?: The current NBA Collective Barging Agreement contains a "slotted" salary system for first round draft picks. This system guarantees the first two years of a players deal and was designed to remove the negotiation from signing first-round picks.
The CBA allows for teams to sign players within 20% of the amount slotted. Most teams offer 120% to their first round-picks, getting them signed and into summer league camp quickly.
For whatever reason the Memphis Grizzlies have opted not to do that with first-round pick Xavier Henry and have been trying to tie that extra money, roughly $2 million over the span of a four-year deal, to incentives.
This is not altogether uncommon… Most teams offer the extra 20% as incentive to play in summer league, take part in off-season conditioning and skill development programs and to make off-season promotional appearances.
The fact that Memphis is pushing so hard on this, to the point of costing Xavier valuable Summer League time, is interesting, but even more so is the fact that Xavier and his agent Arn Tellem are not pushing for a trade, at least not yet.
The Grizzlies say they continue to have a dialogue with Henry's camp, but it does not look like either side will budge on this issue which puts Xavier's role in Memphis in doubt.