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NBA Proposes Unique ‘Franchise Tag’ to Union

"The NBA proposed to the players’ union last month a version of the "franchise tag" that it wants to include in the next collective bargaining agreement, according to sources familiar with the matter. The tag, however, would be very different from the NFL’s version, which allows a team to essentially block one of its free agents from entering the market by binding him to his incumbent team with a one-year contract that carries a high salary based on various parameters. The system the league has presented would not work this way, according to sources. Instead, a team would be allowed to designate one player for preferential contractual treatment, including more overall money, more guaranteed money and at least one extra year on his contract. A player would have to agree to such a designation. It is designed to work as an incentive to get a player to remain with his team rather than as a roadblock to free agency, the sources said." - Zach Lowe, Sports Illustrated

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