HoopsHype Maurice Evans rumors

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Asked if he had been promised any type of post-playing career work by anyone in the NBA, either directly or indirectly through other parties, Fisher shook his head no and started to speak, but was then interrupted by one of the union's vice presidents, Bucks guard Keyon Dooling, whose testimonial to Fisher was followed by similar sentiments from Wizards forward Mo Evans and Spurs forward Matt Bonner. "I think he's the best president we've ever had," Dooling said. "I think he's articulate enough to relay the message. I think he's tough enough to get his feet dirty, to get his hands dirty. He's on the ground level with us. It really pains me, because not only do I look at Derek as a leader, but I look at him as a mentor. To hear all the confusion and the things that's being written and said about him, and what it does for our fight and our cause, it does a lot of detriment. And that's not even the true internal battle. I don't think the battle is within our union ... I'm the first vice president. And I stand behind him, and I stand behind Mr. Hunter." NBA.com

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When asked if negotiations might be able to resume in the next few days, Evans wasn’t optimistic. “I wouldn’t bet on it,” Evans said. “We were prepared to stay though the weekend or whatever was needed. That’s why the 16-hour meeting [on Tuesday] transpired to begin with. . . . We made offers that made it hard for them to resist and I don’t think they did that for us.” New York Post

October 15, 2011 Updates

"As they want to inflict these self-inflicted wounds, the gash is only going to get bigger, franchise values are going to decimate," Evans said. "Best-case scenario -- when we ran the numbers -- 2023 is when they would recover [financially] and get back to where we are with BRI (basketball-related income) if we lost an entire season. So continuing to threaten that it's a season and that it's two years is only going to further damage your business. Again, that's not even speaking for individual owners and what they stand to lose. Not every owner would be able to, again, come out of this lockout. There would be some contraction, potentially, if they want to lock us out for a year or longer." SI.com

October 14, 2011 Updates

Evans turned down several offers to play in Europe this summer because “I’ve been committed to this process and I look forward to being a free agent as well. I came off a productive year in Washington and I’m looking forward to capitalizing off of that, with whatever playing situation that’s available to me that makes sense. I’ve been very, very close to Derek Fisher and Mr. Hunter through out this process and that education is something that you can’t pay for.” Washington Post

Because in the midst of attending numerous bargaining sessions in New York, running regional players meetings in Chicago and Las Vegas, and going over strategies with union president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter, Evans managed to finally get his degree in education from the University of Texas. “I was very proud of that,” Evans said this week. “Unfortunately, that doesn’t make as much news as the bargaining sessions, but I’ve had a great and productive summer.” Washington Post

Evans, 32, left Texas after his junior season in 2001, hoping to be drafted in the first round but wound up going undrafted. He scrapped his way into a NBA and has outlasted 12 first-rounders from that draft, but he always felt the void of not having his degree. “I know I’m a leader on and off the court and before you can commence in anything, you have to finish stages and that was the stage left open due to me continuing my NBA career,” Evans said. “Once I had a break do to this lockout, I was able to find the time.” Washington Post

October 13, 2011 Updates

After a failed last-minute negotiating session this week, Stern canceled the first two weeks of the regular season — assuring that the players would lose about $165 million — and vowed that he would eliminate more games if talks continued to stall. But Evans, the players’ union vice president and Wizards free agent guard, said in a telephone interview this week that the loss of income from a more protracted work stoppage wouldn’t force the players to accept what they believe to be a terrible deal. “That’s where the owners are miscalculating the players, because we have prepared for this fight. That’s what it is, it’s a fight,” Evans said. “We’re not emboldened in our position due to ego or emotion. We’re making decisions off of fairness and we are trying to negotiate on all fairness.” Washington Post

“The obstacle is that both are contingent on one another — the economics mean absolutely nothing if the wrong system is in place,” Evans said. “We’re trying to negotiate fairly, in good faith, to put forth a system that will allow the players to grow with the owners and be fairly compensated as the game grows. . . . “Players are accepting David Stern’s reset because we do understand we are in a tough economic climate. That’s why we’ve [moved] so much money in their direction,” Evans said. “But on the issue of competitive balance, there is so much more that comes into play than enforcing a flex-cap or hard-cap system that allows teams to not pay players to get better. Now it restricts teams, based upon being a tax payer, of their ability to get better. At some point, decision-making does lead to competitive balance — decision-making.” Washington Post

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Ken Berger: For players, VP Mo Evans joining @TheNBPA president Derek Fisher, source says. This in addition to lead negotiators for both sides. Twitter

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After nearly eight hours of bargaining Saturday, negotiators for the NBA and its players association broke for the weekend -- still with no agreement and no regular season games lost, but "closer" to a compromise on system issues, commissioner David Stern said. At the suggestion of National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter, the two sides "decoupled" the issues of the split of revenues and the system that would go with it, attempting to "break down the mountain into separate pieces," NBPA Derek Fisher said. The two sides exchanged proposals "back and forth," players' committee member Maurice Evans said, and agreed to meet again Monday in a small group with only the top negotiators and attorneys and Tuesday with the full bargaining committees. "We're not near anything," Stern said. "But wherever that is, we're closer than we were before." CBSSports.com

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