Something I just thought about while looking at my excel spreadsheet. I don't know if this has ever been brought up before, and I don't know if it's like this in the NBA ("real life") or not, but maybe we should consider a change to the salary cap rules and waived players, where if a player who's been waived by one team during the season gets picked up again during the same season, his contract with the former team immediately comes off the books.
For example, I had won an auction earlier this season for Carl Landry, where I paid 1M + .9M (2 years). A few weeks ago, I dropped him, so he immediately went to 75% and 50% of each of those years against my cap. Jim has recently won him in auction for a separate contract (haven't looked at the thread for the exact amount). Under the rule change I propose, since Landry got picked up again for a standard contract
(not a 7-day) in the same season, his salary would come off of my books.
I don't know if anything like this exists in the NBA, and I can see where it wouldn't make "real life" sense. But I think it makes perfect sense for our particular league. Not all players that get waived are going to get resigned to standard contracts. And most of those players on the wire who are in between roster worthy and waiving are usually used for 7-day deals anyway, so it's not like managers would be getting that much of an advantage if the cap space was freed up in such a way.
Finally, this would only apply for a player who was picked up to a standard contract of one or more years - 7-day deals wouldn't count. So, for the example above, if Jim had just picked up Landry for a 7-day deal, and Landry was only used for 7-day deals the rest of the season, then I would still be on the hook for his entire contract, as per the current rules (75% + 50%).
Maybe we should even take it a step further, and consider it for players who get picked up during next year's off-season free agency period. Again, although it makes sense in "real life" (if someone owes you money, someone owes you money!), it just seems kind of silly here that we all have players on each of our "waived players" list who we're still paying for, some for multiple years, when those players are now with other teams.
I understand there's the whole angle about "accountability" being part of our game (you have to pay for dropping guys you signed, especially if you over paid for their contracts). But again, I think this just makes more sense for this particular league, considering how little cap space some of us have to work with during the season.
Just something to think about for the upcoming off-season.