I get that the league is flush with TV money, and they want to give small-market teams a chance to retain their stars, but this rule seems like it’s going to turn out really poorly for some teams. The thing about the old max contracts is that they were low enough that a decent number of players deserved that number. Even if someone is the 15th best player in the NBA, I’m not sure that equates to a 200 million dollar contract. Even if Utah can retain Heyward for that number, does it want to?
If teams don’t exercise some restraint with this rule (and, past history indicates it’s unlikely) I can see a lot of teams saddled with bad contracts in the next few years.