Players Who Can’t Be Traded During the Regular Season

The capital city of the Volga River region of Bashkortostan, the regional capital of the Volga River is around 1200 kilometers west of Moscow. “Oldest Names in Russian” traces the history of both Moscow and St. Petersburg with colorful portraits of its past, a trip through Red October (the old name for the infamous hammer and sickle) and an ancient theatre belching out legendary stories of Russia’s golden age. “The UFA,” as the museum is called, mixes vintage graphics with a vivid reconstruction of the ancient Ufa theatre, colorful village scenes, and vividly re-created scenes of everyday life in the town (a long walk on some parts can be difficult). “Colors of an Ancient Beirut” traces the history of both Beirut and Moscow with colorful portraits of its past, a trip through Red October (the old name for the famous hammer and sickle) and newly restored 3D animation that takes the space of the old Ufa building – plus the constantly projected illumination of the building itself – into account.

But what do players in the UFA actually get for scoring during a game? Do they get to keep anything they collect or receive cash payments and entry draft picks as compensation? And what is the point of the entry draft, aside from providing a means of avoiding the treadmill of restricted free agent signings? Join the MMQB for answers.

As the owner of a sports blog based in Saint Petersburg, FL, I was contacted by one of our readers asking about the NBA’s UFA rules. He noted that he’d seen a couple of articles online regarding the subject and was curious to know if his favorite team, the Sacramento Kings, had ever used a no-trade clause to acquire a player before the expiration of his contract. After all, he notes, they’ve never been able to trade him because of his unrestricted free agent status. So how does a team acquire a player with unrestricted free agency without having to give up too much of their salary? We asked the following question to assist you in answering it: How is a UFA acquired (and strictly speaking, how do players receive salaries and trades while still holding their UFA status)?

A contract cannot be terminated during the course of the regular season. Teams may however attempt to trade a player they feel would be better suited as a depth piece (or even a replacement piece) for their major cap headache. The league office will have the final say as to whether such a trade will be permitted.

As such, when a player becomes a restricted free agent (or no-trade clause is used), it is not that easy to trade him away. In fact, in many cases, teams may be required to submit a trade/buyout offer to his current NBA organization. Unless the player’s agent is willing to negotiate such a deal, the NBA league office makes him ineligible to participate in any further professional games for an allotted period of time (usually a few days to a week). Consequently, players with such clauses become available to be traded only in the summer (when they can play in the developmental leagues for the NBA’s development league).

If a player is sent from one professional basketball league (either the NBA or another) to another via a trade, he becomes a free agent (also known as a “group 6”). As such, he can sign with any NBA team (with the other team having to accept his contract first). But unlike a traditional NBA player, a UFA cannot sign a standard player contract with another NBA team once he becomes a free agent (although he can sign a contract to play in an independent basketball league, if he qualifies and meets the criteria for that). Thus, a player who becomes a free agent may be able to sign a one-year deal with the NBA’s developmental league for a fixed salary, thereby avoiding restrictions on signing contracts in the future. He also has the right to seek a return to the NBA from another team once his contract in his former league is over.