How could the owners not have resolved the "star player leaving for a big market" dilemna? It seems that they should have been adamant for at least a franchise tag designation.
The NBA, as it stands now, seems to have a broke business model. The unique nature of the sport, where one player can spell the difference in "lottery" versus "championship" screams for some restriction on player movement. Gilbert, maybe unwittingly, had it correct (even if the Paul trade doesn't go through).....the league is comprised of a lot of Washington Generals. Yet I'm certain the fans in those cities are not paying Washington General ticket prices.
Welcome to the new NBA...just a grownup version of AAU. Where "breaking ankles" is more important than boxing out and where "I want to play with my friends so I won't have to do as much" is more important than competing.