Shawn Marion Wants No Salary Cap and a Higher Age Requirement to Enter the NBA

LeBron James isn’t the only player with ideas for new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Thirty-five-year-old veteran forward Shawn Marion recommends the League do away with its salary cap, and force kids to stay in school longer. Per the Dallas Morning News:

“I could see no cap and everybody doing what you want to do,” he said. “Baseball does it. If you want to go out and spend $200 million on your team (payroll), go ahead and do it.

“It can’t guarantee that you’re going to win, but why not? If you’ve got the money to do it, why not?

“There shouldn’t be a cutoff on what people want to spend for their teams, but there should be a minimum that have to spend, so you definitely put a good product on the floor.”

Since the 2006 draft, the minimum requirements have been that players must have turned 19 during the calendar year of the draft and have been out of high school for one year.

Silver’s predecessor, David Stern, has long been a proponent of adding a year to those requirements.

“It should be at least two years (out of high school),” Marion said. “Two to three years, minimum.”

“I think that college experience helps develop them, so when they come here we don’t have to try to develop them,” said Marion, again, speaking of young players in general.

“You’ve got to be ready to come in, step in and contribute versus trying to teach them the game still. (In college) they get their A’s and B’s of basketball, so by the time they get here, they’ve got the game plan, know how to run a pick and roll, learn the defensive sets. That should be instructed to them in college.”