Anyone frustrated by the NBA rule that says draft picks can’t be traded for 30 days after they sign — and count us among those, since we’re eager to see a Kevin Love/Andrew Wiggins deal and move on with our lives — should note that it could be worse.
A decade ago, this deal would pretty much be dead — and not because Love was 15 and Wiggins was 9, though we suppose that would pretty much kill any NBA deal as well.
We found this nugget from a Cleveland AP story interesting:
There have been restrictions placed on trading newly signed rookies dating back at least to the 1998-99 collective bargaining agreement. At that time, rookies were lumped in with all free agents into a rule that prevents any newly signed player from being traded for three months or before Dec. 15 of the next season – whichever is longer.
The rule was modified in the 2005 CBA, separating rookie contracts into a different category with the shorter, 30-day timeline between signing date and trade eligibility.
In the case of Wiggins, Dec. 15 would have been the date in question, or about 45 days into the NBA season. In other words, no deal, since it appears his salary being on the books is important to making this trade happen and his salary is only on the books now that he has signed.
What’s the point of the rule, anyway? Why can’t teams just trade players, including rookies, whenever they please?
It was designed to prevent teams from circumventing salary cap rules. … The spirit behind the rule is that if a rookie is traded immediately after he signs, it gives the appearance that the acquiring team is the one that is in fact signing him.
That doesn’t make a ton of sense to us, but then again the NBA collective bargaining agreement is a tangled web from which few people escape fully unscathed.
Just be happy, we suppose, that a trade is still possible, even if it will take until the end of August to be official.
When the Twins acquired Kendrys Morales in early June, most of us figured two things: 1) it was probably a rental and 2) in spite of that, it was worth the money and gamble because he would probably help out a stagnant offense.
As part of that, Josmil Pinto, who had been getting at-bats as DH, was shipped back to the minors to work on his catching. That’s a good thing. But as it turns out, the Twins missed Pinto’s bat. And that’s a bad thing.
Morales was traded to the Mariners today, as you probably knew. Here are the comps between he and Pinto this season with the Twins:
Morales: 162 ABs, .234 BA/.259 OBP/.325 slugging, 1 HR, 18 RBI.
Pinto: 158 ABs, .222/.323/.407, 7 HRs, 16 RBI.
It’s not as though Pinto was lighting the world on fire, but his 7 home runs are still tied for third-most on the team. Morales was a rental, but an unproductive one. He slugged .325; Nick Punto, in his Twins career, slugged .324.
Vikings tight end Chase Ford is expected to miss training camp with a stress fracture in his left foot. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he expects defensive tackle Linval Joseph and left tackle Matt Kalil as full participants on Friday.