Changes that have been discussed for 2014/15
1. Make cap holds from waived players tradeable.
2. Raise minimum salary to 0.5M per year.
3. Tweak rookie contracts to make them more favorable.
4. Create a transaction deadline.
I think the first two are self explanatory and well understood. I'm also unaware of any opposition to them.
For No.3, the sense I got from the forum is that people would like rookie contracts to be a little more favorable to the teams. (Fortunately, we don't need a lockout to screw over the players.
). I also think that adding a 4th year to rookie deals is the mostly likely to fly out of the ideas that have been discussed so far. I'd also suggest reducing the value of first round picks a little. At the moment, our first round contracts ramp up quite a lot faster than the real life ones. I suggest doing something like:
1st pick: 4, 4.25, [4.5], [4.75]
2nd pick: 3.75, 4, [4.25], [4.5]
3rd pick: 3.5, 3.75, , [4.25]
13th - 16th picks: 1, 1.25, [1.5], [1.75]
...this, in addition to RFA rights, would make picks plenty valuable without needing to get into messy extensions. I suppose we could even give owners the option of putting their player into RFAgency after the 3rd year. So you could turn down the guaranteed 4th low-money year in the hope that you get a lower salary contract before you player really breaks out.
For no.4, I think the main objective is to stop teams making FA pick-ups after their season is over. The obvious options for a transaction deadline are the trade deadline and the end of the regular season. I kinda feel the trade deadline would be too early and end of the regular season would make more sense. The problem then becomes, do we allow playoff teams to make pickups during the playoffs? f playoff teams are still allowed to make pick ups, then impact players who may have been bought out at the deadline (say, Jennings from last season) are now on the market but only half the teams are eligible to bid. This feels all sorts of wrong. If we make it that no pickups are allowed once the playoffs start, then playoff teams might be left short when legitimate injuries happen (although, I don't remember a playoff team ever making an add/drop during the playoffs so this might not be a big deal). We could also make deadline buyouts ineligible for a new contract, but that seems like it would be annoying to manage.
At this stage I think I'd lean towards an end-of-regular-season transaction deadline, with playoff teams having to suck it up and go to war with whoever they have at that point.