The NBA has some seemingly arbitrary rules on conditional contracts and trades. For example:

Teams can’t tie an option to incentives. Teams can tie guaranteed money to incentives.

Teams can’t protect traded draft picks based on how a player dealt for it performs. Teams can protect traded draft picks based on where the pick falls in the draft.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told Adam Silver he’d like to see some of those rules change.

“I actually brought it up with the commissioner, and he thought it was int – but there’s some practical reasons why the league won’t allow that, even though I think there might be a way to overcome them,” Morey said. “I think that could allow teams to not ever have fear.