A few weeks after repeatedly mentioning how the NBA has a soft cap instead of a hard cap when asked about parity, Adam Silver brought up the topic again on the eve of the draft.
“There’s always a next collective bargaining agreement and over the years we’ve talked about a harder cap than we have now,” said Silver. “The NFL has a much harder cap than we do; ours is somewhat soft. Obviously, it allows teams to go significantly above the cap and the tax level and that’s the case with both Golden State and Cleveland. They are significantly above where our tax level is right now.”
Silver admitted he hears complaints from owners and fans.
“The 28 other teams, they’re the biggest complainers that these two teams have met four times in a row [in the NBA Finals]. Ultimately, collectively our 30 teams are in charge with what system we have, along with the players. And by the way, the players on 29 other teams want a system regardless of where they are drafted or where they sign to be able to compete for championships, and that’s what you want,” he said.
Silver said the NBA doesn’t “want to go about breaking up teams just to break them up, just to force some sort of parity that is kind of unnatural.”