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Note: This is a sponsored post. I usually avoid these things, but people enjoyed the P&T fantasy league last year, so I thought this might draw some interest.

I know a lot of y'alls enjoy fantasy basketball, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to pass along this new fantasy game run by PASPN. The concept is to simulate the actual responsibilities of an NBA GM. Dig:

There will be 30 General Manager spots available: one for each NBA franchise. Since this is a new league, we will start by taking over each team's existing contracts. After that, it's up to you to re-tool your team via trades, draft picks, and free agent signings to form the best team that you can. Since PASPN leagues are governed by the rules of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the Mock GM game mixes fantasy basketball playing with the realities of the business of the NBA.

Once the NBA regular season begins, we will compete in an 18-week Head-to-Head season, where each team has a new opponent every week. You start 8 players (PG, SG, SF, PF, C, UTIL, UTIL, UTIL), and whoever scores more fantasy points wins the matchup. The scoring system is based on NBA.com's Efficiency rating: ((PTS + TRB + AST + STL + BLK) - ((FGA - FGM) + (FTA - FTM) + TOV )). The top 16 teams qualify for the Playoffs, which take place during the final 4 weeks of the regular season.

The other novel aspect is the ability to play the role of agent in the game, so you can do your best Mark Bartelstein impression and humiliate your client in a failing free agent market!

As an NBA Agent, your goal is to make sure your clients needs are being answered whether they are a free agent and in need of a new contract or looking to get bought out of their existing contract.  The GMs have to negotiate with them, to sign free-agents, or to get buyouts approved.
 
The agents are ranked based on the size of the contracts they're able to get for their contracts and the performance of the players during the regular season.  Only points earned when a player is part of the GM's roster count towards the Agents rankings, so there is incentive for the Agents to place their clients in situations where they'll see playing time.

It sounds like an interesting twist on the regular fantasy setup. The other cool thing is that PASPN was kind enough to organize a league just for Posting and Toasting. If you're so inclined, go ahead and sign up, and see if you can outdo Donnie Walsh at his own game.