That's interesting, but the way I read it, the right's holder needs to revel his hand to some extent before the auction? So for example, I say Horford is worth 80M to me (he's not
) prior to free agency which means anyone that really wants to get in the game has to beat this.
If there is auto-match, what's the real difference between me just opening with a 4x20M bid? If there is no auto-match, then what's the point of me reveling anything, besides possible gamesmanship? I could do the "match" or 15% thing without saying anything about how high I'm prepared to go.
I guess I'm just not seeing how this is an advantage, but not 100% sure I interpreted the post right either.
FWIW, I see RFA attached to rookie contracts as compensation for carrying an (often overpaid) dude for a couple of years before seeing a return. It's this wrinkle that makes picks valuable, which I see as a desirable objective of the rules. And I sympathise with wanting to mirror this for speculative free agent pick-ups, but think the downside of having it apply to studs (perpetual RFAs), and also the possibility that doing so dilutes the value of rookie picks, outweighs it. We could have an upper limit on RFA-eligible contracts I spose, which would solve the first part. Though I'm not sure how we turn that into a real world narrative, if such a thing still matters.