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Bogut sees value in no-consent AFL trades

AAP logoAAP 25/10/2016

No-consent trades common in American sports should be considered by the AFL, according to Australian NBA star Andrew Bogut.

AFL players can currently veto a club's plans to ship them out, but allowing trades against players' wishes has been proposed to address a perceived power imbalance.

Last year, Richmond coach Damien Hardwick advocated for no-consent trades to give clubs another option when re-working their lists in the off-season.

The AFL Players Association opposed the move.

Players in American leagues in basketball, hockey, baseball and gridiron can negotiate no-trade clauses in their contracts.

It's believed only a handful of NBA players have contracts that include the clause, including New York star Carmelo Anthony and and Bogut's Dallas teammate Dirk Nowitzki.

"It's tough. I'm in an industry where you don't get any choice," Bogut, a keen AFL observer and Essendon fan, told SEN radio on Tuesday.

"It's disappointing because you get traded, you go to pack a bag and go to the next city."

But Bogut, who was traded from Golden State to the Mavericks after four years and one championship with the Warriors, expected no-consent trades would "eventually" be looked at by the AFL.

"But at the same time, it's not fair to the club either where players kind of pick and chose where to go and demand to be traded somewhere. That's not fair either," he said.

"That's one instance where I agree with clubs, that they're kind of being held to ransom."

Bogut is preparing for Dallas' NBA season opener against Indiana on Wednesday (Thursday morning AEDT).

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