The DPE Rule is having the Opposite Effect on NBA

posted by Michael Fowler - 

Are you familiar with the rule of unintended consequences?  Here is the definition:

In the social sciences, unintended consequences (sometimes unanticipatedconsequences or unforeseen consequences) are outcomes that are not the ones foreseen and intended by a purposeful action. The term was popularised in the twentieth century by American sociologist Robert K. Merton.

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What that basically means is your actions will lead to outcomes that were not foreseen. You will do something with one purpose in mind, and naturally, something you had not intended will occur as a result. This is happening right now in the NBA with the DPE rule.

The DPE, or designated player extension, is a contract that can be awarded to superstars who make All-NBA teams which allow them to sign for more money if they remain with the team that drafted them. Seems a novel concept to keep star players from fleeing, like Kevin Durant, to other teams because they would make less money.

The opposite effect is happening that the DPE was intended to do. Paul George and Gordon Heyward were left off the All-NBA teams today, and as a result will not be able to stay with their teams and make more money than other NBA franchises can offer. This is creating a huge problem in the league.

Doug Gottlieb explains below. Take a listen.

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