How Free Agency Works in NBA2K MyLeague/MyGM!

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a NBA 2k fans in this video we're gonna

walk you through how free agency works

in NBA 2k and also in the real life NBA

basically and so if you're like me when

you start playing my league or my GM you

you see the event list you see these

things here but you might have a general

idea of how free agency works but you

might still have some questions so the

idea behind these videos I'm doing on my


are to kind of help you answer those

questions so you have a clear picture of

what to do in free agency and the other

modes of the other options in my league

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first episode and so with that let's get

started let's talk about free agency

works in my league and my GM okay so

once the season ends and the playoffs is

over then the off season begins and so

when you're in your my league and my GM

files you're going to see a menu that

takes you through all the different

things you've got to address during the

off season and specifically in this

video we're going to talk about the team

and player options I did a video on how

team and player options work and I'll

put a link to that in the left-hand

upper left hand corner of the video and

so that gives you a little more

information on specifically how those

work then after team and player options

it's the qualifying offers to restricted

free agents and how that's handled and

then after restricted free agency is

unrestricted free agency and that's here

so we're gonna walk through each of

these and go through kind of things you

need to think about when that's

happening so let's get started and we'll

start with team and player options and

what you want to think about there

okay free agency starts with team and

player options so let's look inside of

team and player

since here and you're gonna see a pretty

simple screen and this just lets the

players that have options on their

contract so they can even either have a

player option like Jimmy Butler does if

you look at his contract screen you can

see in green here he has to decide if he

wants to just take his player option

which would pay him nineteen point eight

four million dollars or decline it and

become an unrestricted free agent now if

he felt like he was going to make less

money and being an unrestricted free

agent like if nobody would pay him more

than nineteen point eight four million

dollars he'd probably take his player

option but if for some reason he felt

like he could go out and make twenty

eight million thirty million dollars by

signing as an unrestricted free agent

then he's going to turn down that player

option so in this case you can see that

Jimmy Butler has told the team that he's

going to decline his player option and

so what that means is that he's going to

be an unrestricted free agent the Sixers

won't get anything out of him and then

whoever wants to sign him whoever Jimmy

Butler comes to terms with he can you'll

be playing for them from that point


so Jimmy Butler won't be playing in the

my league file for the 76ers because he

declined his player option now the other

option is is that like Jonathan Simmons

here he has a team option and in this

case the 76ers which were under CPU

control before this declined to accept

his team options so when you look at his

contract here he had 5.7 million our

team option and the team decided they

didn't want to have him on the team

anymore didn't feel like he was worth

five point seven million dollars already

didn't fit in or whatever then they're

just gonna let him go and he becomes an

unrestricted free agent just like Jimmy

Butler does and so Jimmy Butler and

Jonathan Simmons will move into I'm

restricted free agency where they can

sign with any team Jimmy Butler is

definitely going to sign with somebody

we don't know about Simmons because you

know obviously he's not as good a player

as Jimmy Butler

now the case of the Pacers here you can

see the sabonis for example under his

contract he also has a team option and

so that's three point five three million

dollars and so if your control on the

Pacers you have to decide just like we

did on Simmons a minute ago is that

worth it and Sabonis is a great player

could probably be a starter in the

league so a team option to get him four

three point five three million dollars

is a bargain so obviously you know we're

gonna accept that team option and then

hopefully we can renegotiate we can

negotiate a contract extension with him

during this offseason so that we can get

into a long-term deal so what that means

is is that you know he would he once we

accept that team option then nobody can

take sabonis away for us from us for

this particular year and same way with

these other guys down here so what you

have to do is go in and aside is this

player worth it if it's a team option

and the player is going to let you know

if it's a player option and you know

I've got this under 30 team control so I

can look and see around the league

what's happened with all the team and

player options and give me some idea of

what who's gonna hit three agencies so

like you know looking at the Sixers here

this tells me that a Jimmy Butler is

gonna be available here cuz he declined

his player option and you know we're

meanwhile if I go over to the Celtics in

the file Al Horford he accepted his

player option so that means that you

know he won't be available for me to

sign but Kyrie Irving would so pretty

simple team and player options as far as

what you have to do inside of your my

league file you have to address the team

options and the players let you know

whether they're going their options once

you advance through once you advance

past the team and player options once

you've decided what to do then basically

you get a summary of what everybody

decided to do I didn't mention it but

when you're accepting or declining team

options you just use x2

you know toggle between the different

options what you can

for them so anyway that's how you go

through the process for team and player

options and so now we know for example

we know Kevin Durant declined display

options he's gonna be available we know

Kay Kyrie Irving is gonna be available

we know Horford is not with a lot of

these guys like there's John Collins so

the Hawks except they accepted this team

option so this tells us who's available

now that every team's employer has

decided how they want to exercise their

option okay after you've addressed the

team employer options the next step in

free agency is to address restricted

free agents and if you want to retain a

restricted free agent then you got to

give them a qualifying offer so let's

first talk about what restricted free

agents are and then we'll talk about

what qualifying offers are what they do

and we'll do some examples here

all right the first example of a

restricted free agent is following the

fourth year of a rookie contract for

first-round draft picks so you can see

the Angelo Russell here he was drafted

in 2015 and the team must have accepted

the team options but between the third

and fourth season they didn't sign any

contract extension so that means that he

played through the fourth year of his

contract and now he's a restricted free

agent so the first type of free agent

the first type of restricted free agent

is a guy coming out the fourth year of

his rookie contract at the second type

of restricted free agent are for all

veteran free agents who've been in the

NBA for three seasons or less so

maxie Kleber I'm not sure how you say

his name he's been a pro for two years

he came into the league and drafted

and you didn't have a rookie contract so

he has less than three years experience

in the league and so because of that as

a veteran free agent with less than

three years of experience then in his

case he's a restricted free agent now

the only exception to that is that if

you had a player that their team option

wasn't exercised by the team well then

those people players are considered

unrestricted free agents because the

team just let him go so let me see if I

can find an example of that okay an

example of a free agent who has less

than two years of experience and the

team in the file here declined their

team option is see my OSHA lay so like

here you can see that Boston declined

his team option and so in his case he

had that team option sitting out there

and since they did and they declined it

well then even though he who has less

than three years experience in the NBA

he's no longer a restricted free agent

he'll be an unrestricted free agent he

signed with anybody he wants one I'm

restricted free agency begins so that's

the second type of restricted free agent

that might be out there a veteran free

agent less than two years unless the

team option was not exercised by the

team that in that case a player like

that would become a restricted free

agent so looks like about the third type

of restricted free agent all right then

the third type of restricted free agent

is a player that's coming off of a

two-way contract that was on an active

NBA roster for at least 15 days so like

in the Mavericks case here you see this

law - next to Costas whatever his name

is and next to Macon both these guys are

on two-way contracts that's what the two

means they're on an active NBA roster

and that means that they were for more

than 15 15 days and that means that

they're a restricted free agent

so if we look at the Mavericks

qualifying offers page here you can see

that both those two guys they're on

two-way contracts we have to decide

whether we want to hang on to them or

not and make them a qualifying offer so

now that we know what a restricted free

agent is well

next comes the qualifying offers now

qualifying offer is you know what is

that bosses standing offer for a

one-year deal and as the player signs it

then it becomes a real contract but what

it does by extending a qualifying offer

to a player on our roster is that once

that player goes out and checks with

other teams in the league to see if you

know anybody wants to sign him you know

they'll give him an offer sheet and that

offer sheet if we decide we want to

match it we have right of first refusal

and we can match it and retain that

player but if we don't match it then

that player can go play for that team

under the offer that they were given

from them so under qualifying offers we

have a choice to extend an offer which

gives us the right to match any contract

that player is offered by any other team

in the league

or we have the right to not offer a

qualifying offer to that player and if

we don't offer a qualifying offer to

that player then that player is an

unrestricted free agent and they can

just decide to go play for whoever they

want but you know somebody that we want

to hang on to you know like for example

on the Pacers you know I don't know that

I care too much about the Vaughn Reid

they look through here like D'Angelo

Russell obviously then that's wanted to

keep him and so they extend the

qualifying offer so again that gives

them the right of first refusal of any

other contract offer D'Angelo Russell

might receive so well qualifying offers

is you just have to go into your team

and decide you I want to keep this

player or not and if you do you got to

extend them an offer now the amount of

the offer is already pre determined

based on contracts and everything so you

don't have to figure out what you want

the offer to be it just automatically

calculated for you based on the rules

supposedly the collective bargaining

agreement or whatever 2k is put in here

okay now that we got qualifying offers

sorted out the next step is free agency

and that's divided into two sections the

moratorium period which is when teams

can negotiate with free agents but they

can't officially sign them and then

after the moratorium period then that's

when the signing period starts

so you'll first go into the moratorium

period so let's go have a look at what

you'll do when you get in to the

moratorium part of free agency okay so

when you go in here basically you get a

message that pops up that says you can

verbally agree to deals which can be

signed when the signing period starts so

basically you can go in here and make

some offers and then advance to the

beginning of the free agent signing

period now on the first day of the

moratorium when you first go in there

you'll see the available players you can

go in there and make some offers to some

of those players what I did first was I

just advanced to the end of day one and

in here you're gonna see that you have

an option to either hold cap space or

renounce rights for players so what this

means is is that like in the case of

young Matthews Joseph Tyreke Evans and

Kyle Quinn we've decided to renounce

their rights so you can do that or you

can cap hold and what this means is is

that like young Matthews Joseph Evans

and Quinn they're all on one this was

the last year their contracts so they're

all free agents but what this is about

is is if we want to resign them which we

have decided we don't want to sign the

guys that we've renounced the rights to

but we are interested in possibly

resigning collison at Bogdanovich when

we resign them since there are current

players and we hold their rights then

what that means is if we want to sign

them for money that might put us over

the salary cap because of bird years and

any other exception to the cap we retain

those rights by leaving the cap hold on

there so you'll want to go in and decide

who you want to

renounce the rights to that you're not

interested in signing and who you want

to retain the rights to and that's what

the cab hold means and it allows you

that kind of maybe negotiated contract

hire that would put you over the cat

because of Berga rights or whatever

other contract exception there might be

now you can also you know in addition to

the cap hold and the renounce rights

screen if you hit r2 it'll take you over

to pending offers you can see you're

like in the Pacers they have a

qualifying offer out to Devon Reed

so Devon Reed is a restricted free agent

nobody has offered him a contract yet

but we had that offer out there now I'm

also controlling the nets and the Bucs

here so Icahn the Nets

what they did was they have a qualifying

offer out to Williams and Kimball Walker

they made an offer to him during the

moratorium but he accepted an offer from

another team and so the other team I'm

working on is the Bucks here and we've

noticed that Malcolm Brogdon he is a

restricted free agent and the Bucks were

in a situation where they made him a

qualifying offer and so the Bucks

organization has to decide whether

they're gonna match this offer so they

can decide to decline it which means

they'd also the renounces rights or they

could match his offer so in this case

you can see they've offered him a

two-year forty point two million dollar

contract and so I'm just gonna go ahead

and match that just to show you how that

works but if you wanted to decline it

this is how you would do it so


so day two of the moratorium period is

just like day one the only exception is

is that you'll have some players that

have accepted some offers so here these

are the available players and the most

noticeable thing thing I see right off

the bat is that that Kevin Durant is not

there so if I in our one I'm gonna sign

players you can see these all the

players that have agreed to sign with

teams already so Durant is agreed to

sign with the 76ers Irving with the

Celtics or zink is with the Mavericks

Thompson with the Warriors and so on so

that means if we want to sign one of

those guys we can't do it now we have to

look and see who's left so let's just

make an offer to somebody here let's

make let's find a point guard we'll make

an offer to Derrick Rose now he has some

offers out there already a one-year deal

so let's negotiate a contract with him

and we'll just give him whatever shows

on the screen here so now we have an

offer out the Derrick Rose and so let's

advance through oh you can see here that

the Angelo Russell has agreed to a offer

from the Clippers and so we have an

opportunity to match that contract so at

the end of the day here you see that

Derrick Rose has agreed to terms so he's

gonna sign with us if we go over to the

Nets we have an opportunity to match the

contract let's just decline

let's just well go ahead and match that

just like the other ones but you could

decline it if you want

yeah I want to point out here that the

end of day two that if I wanted to if I

if I sign Derrick Rose I might want to

get rid of Collison now and so you can

see here like Donovan CH the rights of

Bogdanovich have been renounced and the

reason that is is because he puts us

over the salary cap so what we might do

instead is renounce Collison and see if

we can hold Bogdanovich since E is at

the small forward position so those are

the things you got to think about when

you're going through free agency you got

to think about what kind of tea what

kind of players you want to target who

you want to keep you got to manage your

salary cap and those kind of things just

remember you know to manage your salary

cap you just going to the salary cap

table you can see what you got going on

each year and I have a link to the

salary cap video I did called salary cap

101 I'll put that up in the left hand

corner instead of going through all the

rules of the salary cap here the free

agency period here that comes after the

moratorium period the screens are pretty

much exactly the same the main

difference is is when you're in the

actual free agent signing period you can

use your mid-level exception and I

talked about that in my salary cap 101

video that I did a little bit more to

kind of let you know what the mid-level

exception is so you'll just want to

advance there and employers you want to

target try and negotiate contracts with

where's May sign with other teams you

may have to do kind of a back-up plan

but when you go into free agency you

kind of want to have some thought about

okay who do I want who do I not want and

so I'm just gonna send through each of

these days here you can see that like in

the case of the Pacers here no one's

decided to match his offer or to offer

contract davon Reed so we had we don't

have to make a we don't have any offer

we have to match so that means we'll

save a little money I'll read if we

decide to so let me send to the end of

the free agency period

and at the end of the free agency period

since I offered a I had a qualifying

offer out the davon Reed he's decided to

take the qualifying offer because he

didn't get any other offers from around

the league and we'd have to worry about

matching that offer as the Pacers now

once you go through the free agency

period what I always recommend that you

do because during year 3 and 4 of a

rookie contract that's when you can do a

contract extension for your rookies and

so you'll want to go into the front

office to your contract extensions and

just see if for some reason if you have

a rookie like sabonis who's this is the

summer before his fourth year of his

contract to see if he's decided he'll if

he will resign if he won't and that way

if he will you can go ahead and take

care of it now otherwise if he won't

then you know he's gonna become

ineligible once the season starts so if

I didn't mention I'll have a link to the

video talking about rookie contract

extensions up in the left hand corner

alright so that's a good breakdown on

what happens in free agency and the

decisions that you're gonna have to make

and so you know starts with am I gonna

exercise my team options I'm gonna find

out which players have accepted their

player options then for any restricted

free agents we're gonna extend

qualifying offers to the ones that we

want to keep which gives us the right to

match any offer they might receive from

any other team in the league or two

players we're not gonna offer a

qualifying offer to who we're just going

to be letting go and then the free

agency period which is the moratorium

when you can come to agreements and the

actual signing period where you actually

sign the free agent so you may or may

not get what you want and at some point

I'll do a video on contract negotiation

but the main thing I want to accomplish

with this video is just to let you know

the mechanics behind what happens in the

offseason as far as free agency is

concerned and of course you go through

the rest of these items and then you

advance the offseason and you know go

from there and see how free agency

treated you as you start the next season

how your team does alright so let me

know in the comments you got any

questions about how the free agency

period works and if you got any tips

anything I've left out because it's a

long video it's hard to remember to put

everything in here and you know just you

know let me know what you're thinking

and while you're here check out my other

videos I got lots of videos including my

series and so hopefully you'll check

those out

alright I've coached UK I'll see you on

the court in the next video and thanks

for watching