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January 7, 2012 Updates

Evans, 33, and Mason, 31, are hoping that their experiences, both on and off the court, will help them eventually land a front office job once their playing days are behind them. “I would love to share my knowledge and my talents in the front office, and somehow use my ability to read people and evaluate talent,” Evans said. “I want to use the great experiences I have, playing on championship-caliber teams, to really help young guys develop and prosper in this league.” “I love the game,” Mason said. “I want to keep playing for awhile but when I’m done, I’ve got the experience of putting together the CBA. I’m very versed in that now and I’m sure I’ll be doing something that can take advantage at that skill set.” HoopsWorld

January 2, 2012 Updates

There's nothing in the new collective bargaining agreement that will prevent Kyrie Irving from leaving Cleveland just the way LeBron James did a season ago. There's no franchise tag, no hard salary cap. But Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert -- who said he voted to ratify the deal -- believes there are some provisions which will help small-market teams from losing their free agents. Speaking to the media prior to Sunday's game, Gilbert said he hopes the rash of star players trying to force their way to larger teams is "a blip" rather than a trend. He also thinks the fact the Cavs ownership group was in place when Irving arrived as opposed to coming in after James had played two years in Cleveland could make a difference. Cleveland Plain Dealer

"People forget we were not here from the beginning of the previous era, we came in [near the end of season two]," said Gilbert, who purchased the Cavs in 2005. "There were two years without us. We weren't able to establish a foundation and a relationship at the beginning. It's a whole different thing now and I really think it will be very different when this core of guys comes up for a contract. "Who knows exactly who will be here and who won't based on what happens in the NBA. If we keep doing the right things in the organization, we keep making the arena and the franchise a great place for players to play and we start winning, things will take care of themselves." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Gilbert said he wasn't "jumping up and down" about the CBA, but thought it was fair and voted in favor of it. Five teams voted against it. He said the portrayal of him as a "hard-line owner" during negotiations was inaccurate as was the characterization of a lot of owners. "There was one thing where [a media outlet was] going owner by owner and their positions," Gilbert said. "You could've taken darts and done a better job. I think sometimes the way the Cavs and our position was portrayed is definitely inaccurate and wrong. I'm glad it's over now and we're moving forward." Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 30, 2011 Updates

We're two weeks out of training camp and a week into the season. How much leftover anger from the lockout are you hearing from players and agents? Ken Berger: Haven't heard much. I think everyone (including myself) needed to shift gears from lockout mode to basketball mode. I do think at some point there will be a power struggle for leadership of the NBPA, as the agents who wanted Billy Hunter out have not changed their minds. CBSSports.com

December 26, 2011 Updates

The labor dispute, the second in 14 years to cause the league to forfeit regular season games, made sweeping changes to such things as the league's revenue sharing model, the overall split in total revenues between owners and players, the luxury tax, and player contract lengths. “The way this deal was constructed, everyone knows that teams are going to be tax payers for a given period of time, when it's time to “Go for it,” Stern said. “The teams that are not going to be considered smart are going to be the Knicks when they were a taxpayer and had nothing to show for it, and Portland that had a $57 million tax bill with nothing to show for it. So you're going to have to decide as a team, ‘Do we have the roster that's ready to go for it?'” Oklahoman

Stern shot down the notion that the tax system, even in the face of rising costs, hurts small markets. “That's ludicrous,” Stern said. “The idea that the luxury tax hurts small markets is ludicrous. It may impact a small market that is a great team and has to raise payroll. But at bottom, it's designed to eliminate the ability of teams to use their economic resources to distort competition. “It does have a bite if you have any team that's well assembled and you want to keep it together. So if you have the Thunder over here and the Heat over there, they're both going to have to deal with luxury tax issues. That's not a small market (issue).” Oklahoman

December 22, 2011 Updates

"While I did everything I could behind the scenes and some not-so-behind-the-scenes to get playing by Christmas," Arison said, "when you come down to it, financially, it's important to understand that revenue sharing and the CBA together, it's a tough financial deal for us, particularly the revenue-sharing piece of it, the way it's structured. "For us to have to pay revenue sharing to larger-market teams was disturbing, and we will. And so that was a kind of protest vote on our part." That said, Arison stressed he was appreciative of the efforts that got the league back on the court. "I congratulate them," he said, "it was just tough on our particular franchise." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Two years from now, when the tax becomes more punitive and then you've got the recidivist tax . . . you've got to get out," Riley said last week. "So you have to plan as much as you can." Arison said the tax remains a concern and he would address that issue closer to when the increased tax comes into play. "While the original intent of the owners was to have a hard cap, which would have basically leveled the playing field between teams," he said, "instead, because of players' refusal to accept that, they just made it extremely expensive. "So now you have to financially deal with how expensive that is and whether you're prepared to do it." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“The agents were saying decertifying in July. They really weren’t interested in decertification, what they were interested in was leverage. Being a lawyer and knowing the law, I know that once you decertify the biggest argument you’ve got to get over is [whether it’s] a sham.’’ Hunter said the union finally decided to disband when Stern announced his “take it or leave it’’ offer Nov. 10. Such a move was designed to spark an agreement, but added ammunition to the union’s legal claim that owners were no longer negotiating in good faith. The disbandment lasted 16 days. Boston Globe

And while he and Stern spent months trading barbs, they are professional friends, two astute lawyers paid to spin perceptions to their sides. Each understands that negotiations are often painful, but necessary. “We have a mutual respect,’’ said Hunter. “There’s wisdom in a sense that we’re both engaged in a business, you go to war and when the war is over you see generals visiting North Vietnam and they sit down and have discussions with their adversary. They find they have many things in common. I think that’s how it is with us. Our ultimate goals are the same, to promote the game because we all live as a consequence of the game. I just want to make sure my constituency gets their fair share since they’re the ones on the front line. Boston Globe

December 12, 2011 Updates
December 11, 2011 Updates

Kohl, appearing at the Bucks media day gathering at the Cousins Center training facility, spoke openly about the ramifications of the new CBA and the separate revenue-sharing plan agreed to by owners. "I think on balance it's good for small-market teams and gives us a real opportunity to be profitable from now on, which hasn't been true for quite a number of years," Kohl said. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

And he agreed with Stern's characterization that the debate among owners on a new revenue-sharing agreement was "arduous." Kohl said he was heavily involved in the debate, shuttling between Washington and New York. "To the credit of large-market owners, they understand if we are going to move forward as a 30-team league there has to be a willingness to share more local revenue. Right now, we've not really done that," he said. The Bucks were getting approximately $5 million a year under the old revenue-sharing plan. The new plan, which will begin in 2013-'14, increased the amount coming to small-market teams significantly. Kohl acknowledged the Bucks would be in line to receive approximately $15 million to $16 million a season. "On balance, considering the CBA and revenue sharing together, there were a lot of good things in it," Kohl said. "I wanted to be sure smaller-market teams were taken into consideration. It didn't come easily, because those who have don't want to give, and those who don't have perhaps want too much." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

December 9, 2011 Updates

Mike Prada: Ted Leonsis confirms he ratified the new CBA. So he wasn't one of the five who didn't. Twitter

As fans fretted on the sports radio airwaves Thursday that normally free-spending owner Mark Cuban is frittering away a chance for a repeat championship by offering key pieces to last season's title run a take-it-or-leave-it, one-year contract offer, Cuban said he is reacting to the new rules of the collective bargaining agreement that was ratified Thursday by the league's owners and players. "This was the plan the minute we agreed to the new CBA," Cuban said. "This is 100 percent about the CBA and understanding the impact it will have on the market." ESPN.com

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