Posted: 25 November, 2016
AFL Urged To Introduce 'Live Trading' On Draft Night
The AFL is being urged to allow live trading of players as soon as they are recruited in the national draft.
League rules prevent draftees being traded on draft day, requiring them to sign mandatory two-year contracts with the club that picks them.
Gold Coast list manager Scott Clayton supports draft day trading and has raised the concept with the AFL.
"It's a no-brainer," Clayton told News Corp Australia.
"We should be able to trade picks and players selected in the course of the draft.
"If someone picks someone at pick No.4 and you really want them, you go and get them."
The practice is regularly seen in American sports.
Retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was drafted by Charlotte in 1996 before the Hornets immediately traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac.
In 1993, Orlando exchanged pick No.1 Chris Webber for Golden State's No.3 draftee Anfernee Hardaway.
"You could offer two second-round picks and future pick," Clayton said.
"Or if the player you really want is still there at pick five you trade future or multiple picks to get that pick."
Clayton said he would be surprised if live trading was not a part of next year's AFL draft.
"This is the natural evolution," he said.
"I think the inevitability of this has reached the AFL and they think it's a good idea."