LOS ANGELES (CBS Sports) The NBA built this provision into the lockout-induced CBA to prevent the ol’ trade-a-player-who-gets-waived-then-re-sign-him-hence-defeating-the-entire-purpose-of-requiring-that-a-trade-be-necessary-in-the-first-place. The provision put a time limit for a return to the team that traded the player originally. When the Lakers traded Derek Fisher last spring, that was part of the outrage from the Lakers’ faithful. Not only had they abandoned their captain, but they had made it to where he couldn’t return until what was assumed to be March 1st.
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