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Mark Cuban is all for player empowerment, state of wild free agency moves

Mavs, Mark Cuban

Unlike a few owners around the NBA, Dallas Mavericks CEO Mark Cuban does not believe in condemning this era of player movement after the wild shakeout of this loaded free agent class.

Cuban noted that the Mavs got mostly the players they hoped to get in free agency, but admitted not all of them — and that’s okay, he urged in this recent blog.

“Some feel that the player movement we have seen, particularly players asking to be traded or leaving teams that have the ability to pay them more money is a problem. I don’t. I think it is exactly what we should expect and it reflects what is happening in the job market across industries in our country.

No longer do college students graduate in search of a career where they expect to spend their entire adult lives working for a single company.  Just the thought is crazy.  I tell college graduates to look for a job where they get to learn about themselves, the business world, adulting and what they love to do and can be good at it.  That their first job is just that, their first job. There will be many more.

This reality has changed what it is like to be an employer.  In the past the default was that the best employees would want a long career with their employers, because that is what you did. You kept your job as long as you could. No longer. Now the onus is on employers to keep their best employees happy.

Your best of the best will be impactful not only within the company, but via social media and other online platforms, visible as the best in their industry. It is important to give them reasons to want to stay. Great employees are effectively always free agents with the ability to move anywhere.

Why should it be any different for the NBA ?

Mobility is the power that comes with being great at your job, whether its in the NBA or any other industry. If you are one of the best, you will have the ability to decide where you want to work.”

That is very much what has happened in the era of player empowerment, one that LeBron James help institute after the infamous “decision” back in 2010. The son of Akron, Ohio was in the eyes of many destined to be a Cleveland Cavaliers hero for life, but instead he took his talents to South Beach and the rest is history.

Now more than ever, top-of-the-line players express their unhappiness, bargain conditions, and demand trades to set themselves up for the best career move — at times giving away large sums of money in the process. Yet as Cuban said, the onus is on the employer to deliver the best of the best for its star employer to thrive, still sharing the same goal of winning a title in common.