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The most ridiculous game of hide-and-go-seek ever committed in Vegas. Twice.

Jul 22, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

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We really need to cover this. Because it’s hilarious.

So there’s this weird thing going on in free agency. For restricted free agents, here’s the process. Qualifying offer tendered, rendering the player a restricted free agent. The player is free to negotiate an offer sheet with any team in the league, and sign it. If they do sign an offer sheet with another team, the offer sheet then has to be delivered to the team that holds his rights as a restricted free agent. From there, the team has three days to match the offer and keep him, or let him go.

But we’ve discovered a fun little gadget as part of this.

The offer sheet has to be physically delivered to the representative of the team, usually the general manager. It has to be physically placed in his hands. Like a subpoena.

As this is all going on during NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, this has lead to high-ho hilarity.

From during the whole Lin saga:


Seriously. This is actually happening. In 2012, with so much of the world has all of their business done online, the NBA still has to have guys putting paper in physical hands. Deron Williams signed his contract on an iPad. But this is the way the NBA works with things. This after a reduction of the match period from seven days to just three. But, OK, the Knicks are silly, we knew this. Surely this won’t happen, again, ri…

Well, then.

NBA free agency has essentially been reduced to “You can’t catch me! Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!”

Couldn’t there just be a secure upload site that sends email notification to a GM’s email and phone via SMS? Am I crazy for thinking that we don’t really need to rely on couriers and hijinx in 2012? It’s just a pretty ridiculous situation, especially because it’s entirely aimed at giving the team with the players’ rights an advantage in determining whether to match or work on a way around it.

It’s not a big deal, but it yet another “only in the NBA” kind of stories. Representatives of a team in free agency chasing GMs all over Vegas as the GMs try and hide from receiving the offer sheet to start the clock.


  1. scalfor3 - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    ah knicks…never change

    • badintent - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      Ah,Herr David Stern, never change, you mean.

  2. dysraw1 - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    we was running because we are sorta nuts & waiting on big cheif Dolan to send a Billion

  3. ampz303 - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Over payed

    • manwithpizza - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:17 AM


  4. flyrocket31 - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Rockets getting talked about a lot now. I like it.

  5. nokoolaidcowboy - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    Yeah, this sounded ridiculous when it was being reported here in NY. Grown men playing hide and seek. Imagine if you found a job with better pay and benefits, but could not leave because you have to officially resign with the the head of HR but that person is running around the building hiding.

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