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Bogut: NBA-style trades needed in AFL

Australian NBA star Andrew Bogut has suggested the AFL implement an NBA style of trading, in which players are traded without their consent.

Bogut himself was the victim of such a trade, when he was sent to the Dallas Mavericks from the Golden State Warriors at the end of last season.

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Despite his move from last season’s runners-up, he said that he was in favour of club’s having the final decision, rather than players having the majority of the power, as is the case in the AFL at the moment.

“I’m in an industry where you don’t get any choice, but I’m in an industry where you get paid a lot of money to play sport,” Bogut said on SEN Radio on Tuesday.

“While it is disappointing when you get traded, you’ve got to pack your bags and go to the next city. At the same time, in the AFL it’s not fair to the clubs either. Players can pick and choose where they want to go and demand to be traded somewhere — that’s not fair.”

Andrew Bogut #6 of the Dallas Mavericks poses for a portrait during the Dallas Mavericks Media Day held at American Airlines Center on September 26, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Andrew Bogut #6 of the Dallas Mavericks poses for a portrait during the Dallas Mavericks Media Day held at American Airlines Center on September 26, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Australian centre suggested the league will eventually look at handing more power back to the clubs.

“I think it has to be a discussion.” he said.

“I’m a big players-first guy, but that’s one instance where I agree with clubs. They’re being held at ransom where it’s like ‘hey I want to go to Gold Coast’ and they might not have anyone the club wants (in return).

“I think, in the grand scheme of things, it’s eventually going to have to be looked at.

“It’s part of the business.

“I knew that if KD decided to choose the Warriors, it would be me and one other guy that had a valuable contract. I knew that going into the off-season, so it definitely wasn’t a surprise.

“There’s no hard feelings, that’s just the way it goes.”

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  1. Absolutely. With the current system the lesser well off clubs are just nurseries for the major clubs. They get their break in a poor club show some skill then they demand to be traded to a bigger club who can pay larger sums.

  2. It’s like that in the military, when you sign up, you know you can be sent anywhere at anytime….and AFL players get paid a hell of a lot more, if you don’t like it you can play at home in the state league!

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