Pending ratification, the NBA is back. The terms of the new CBA have been released and there is a lot of speculation as to the short-term and long-term implications. Earlier today, ESPN’s John Hollinger and Chad Ford did a team-by-team breakdown of the impact of the new CBA on each of the 30 teams in the NBA.
How it helps: The designated player rule and increased max contract for high achievers combine to make it very unlikely that Blake Griffin will leave when he becomes a free agent in two years.
How it hurts: The Clippers don’t have a truly amnesty-worthy contract. The three-day matching period makes it more tempting for other teams to go after restricted free agents, especially those belonging to a frugal team like this one. That could cost the Clips DeAndre Jordan this summer or Eric Gordon next summer.
Immediate impact (this season): The Clips may use their amnesty on Ryan Gomes but are more likely to preserve it as an insurance policy, most specifically against a decline from Mo Williams.
Long-term impact (future seasons): We’re pretty sure Griffin is staying. Gordon? That’s still a question.