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Tulane NBA Contracts Negotiations Competition

2L Students Tre Sullivan and Christian King participated in a NBA contract negotiation competition given at Tulane School of Law this past weekend (March 2 and March 3) and were mentored/coached by Professor Rahim Smith.  In separate rounds, they played the role of general manager(s) of a team, negotiating a contract to offer to a prospective free agent, and  the role of NBA agents, representing the player’s interest and getting the most favorable deal. The students were judged by real Front Office executives from The New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets. The students were judged on their mastery of the NBA collective bargaining agreement (CBA), their ability to reach certain objectives in their negotiations, depending on their position, and their ability to make the salaries work under the salary cap restrictions. Out of 10 teams, Southern came in first place, beating Tulane in the final round while negotiating a lucrative contract for unrestricted free agent Isiah Thomas.