NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has no problem with star players moving to different teams in free agency. It's on trade demands that he has a real issue with.
Speaking during the Las Vegas Summer League, Silver shared the benefit he sees when it comes to player movement in free agency. Besides, as long as they have fulfilled their contracts, players have the power to choose where they want to play and work anyway.
However, the NBA boss made it a point to emphasize that moving in free agency is different from making trade demands.
“Star movement that is a result of free agency or trades doesn't bother me at all…It gives players and teams opportunities to rebuild [and] change circumstances [when] it's not working for the team or the player. I separated that from guys requesting that they get traded,” Silver explained, per Brian Lewis of New York Post.
It's easy to see where Adam Silver is coming from. Earlier, he also spoke about Kevin Durant's trade request and how such moves are not ideal to the league.
While Silver did note that all indications point to Durant fulfilling his contract if he ends up staying with the Nets, the issue still lies on the fact that players have too much power. Everyone knows what other stars have done, choosing to sit out and refusing to play for various reasons just to force their way out of teams.
Hopefully, though, the NBA can find a resolution to the problem soon. If it persists, the level of competition and playing field could be thrown into chaos.