If there is a $100M cap and LeBron is making the $80M he deserves how will they sign Towns, who wants say $30M out of college?And it will exist in NY, Brooklyn, LA, LA, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta.
The top dudes aren't going to go sign with Indiana, Milwaukee or Orlando because they have cap space. They'll pick the big market they want to go to, and if that team doesn't have space they'll offload salary on to the Orlando types to fit the stars in.
Which way is better for a small market team? Draft and soft cap, or no draft and hard cap? It's a really easy answer in my eyes.
People think tanking hurts because less than a handful of teams have intentionally downgraded from bad to terrible, small market teams would rarely or never be good for years under this theoretical system.
In a league where if you don't have one of the top ten, maybe even five, guys you have very little chance to win you'd be giving the small market teams nearly no shot to ever win a championship.
You'll have ten NBA versions of the Montreal Expos.