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NBA players don't want a lockout, which is what could happen one year from Friday. But they aren't going to accept a deal they don't believe is fair. That's the word from union first vice president Adonal Foyle after the NBA Players Association held its annual summer meeting Thursday and Friday at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. About 60 players attended, including star guards Dwyane Wade of Miami and Richard Hamilton of Detroit. "It's very simple. We don't want a lockout,'' Foyle, an Orlando center, said Sunday in a phone interview with FanHouse about what could occur when the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) expires June 30, 2011. "We think that this business is going very well. But, at the same time, we are preparing guys for the next year just to make sure. We're telling them to save their money more ... We'll take a deal yesterday or take a deal tomorrow. But it has to be a fair deal.'' FanHouse.com
Foyle declined to offer details about what the union proposal will entail, saying he prefers NBA officials see it first. But Foyle said it will take into account the economic climate. "I think it's safe to say that we're very aware of what's happening in the economy, and we're very sensitive to what's happening globally,'' Foyle said. "But we have looked at everything with the overall (financial) numbers (involving the NBA). At the end of the game ... it's how the numbers are split up (between the owners and the players).'' FanHouse.com
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