HoopsHype Etan Thomas rumors

November 13, 2011 Updates

To his credit, David Stern can spin information with the best of them. That being said, I have not met one player who, after fully understanding the particulars of the NBA's proposal, concluded that this is an acceptable deal. So my question is, what will it take for the NBA CEOs to understand that they are not going to be able to manipulate the players through the media? ESPN.com

During recent negotiations, reporters continuously tweeted and wrote articles citing "anonymous sources" saying that we were closer to a deal then we actually were, or that progress was being made. Why do reporters keep giving false hope to fans? ESPN.com

November 12, 2011 Updates

Etan Thomas: To his credit, David Stern can spin information with the best of them. That being said, I have not met one player who, after fully understanding the particulars of the NBA's proposal, concluded that this is an acceptable deal. So my question is, what will it take for the NBA CEOs to understand that they are not going to be able to manipulate the players through the media? ESPN.com

August 6, 2011 Updates
August 1, 2011 Updates

Jorge Sierra: Free agent center Etan Thomas is indeed negotiating with UCAM Murcia of Spain, Thomas' manager Carlisle Sealy told HoopsHype. It's the only team in Spain he's talking with at this point. @tubasket was first to report last week about the potential deal with Murcia. Twitter

July 27, 2011 Updates

(Spanish club) UCAM Murcia is close to signing power forward Etan Thomas, a nine-year NBA veteran, for the 2011-2012 season. TuBasket.com

July 26, 2011 Updates

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: This growth in popularity has made for a huge financial pie that must be divided among the owners and the players. A knowledgeable league source tells me the NBA's league-wide revenues came in at an all-time high of $4.3 billion this season. The players, like any group of well-paid employees, want to keep their slice of the pie as large as possible, but the owners need to rein in their costs. How can they lower their expenses? The Atlanta Hawks' Etan Thomas, in a HoopsHype.com NBA blog, says the league's opening position in the bargaining was more like "a Christmas list to Santa Claus than an actual negotiation. The NBA expressed desires of a new imposed hard cap, removal of all guaranteed contracts, drastic economic concessions, and a guaranteed profit for each team. They wanted to ensure that no matter what poor business decisions teams make (economic, personal, et cetera) they can expect guaranteed profits." ESPN.com

July 21, 2011 Updates

Free agent center Etan Thomas is seriously considering an offer to play in Spain, Thomas’ manager Carlisle Sealy told HoopsHype. “He doesn’t see the lockout ending this season,” Sealy said. HoopsHype

July 11, 2011 Updates
June 28, 2011 Updates

Etan Thomas: In a similar manner, the NBA presented the Players Association with a proposal that appeared to be more like a Christmas List to Santa Claus than the start of an actual negotiation. The NBA expressed desires of a new imposed hard cap, removal of all guaranteed contracts, drastic economic concessions and a guaranteed profit for each team. They wanted to ensure that no matter what poor business decisions individual teams make (economic, personnel, etcetera) they all can expect guaranteed profits. HoopsHype

The Players Association and the NBA have continued to talk in an attempt to reach some common ground, but our efforts have been thus far unsuccessful. While I appreciate the NBA taking the time to meet with the Players Association repeatedly and give, as David Stern called it, “virtually the best shot we think we have to avoid a work stoppage,” I have to respectfully take issue with the their approach. Last Tuesday, David Stern felt it appropriate to reveal detailed information about the league’s salary cap proposal and as a result I feel the need to put it all in perspective just so everyone has a clear understanding of what is going on without the Fox News-type spin. HoopsHype

Changing the language in how a hard cap is defined does not change it from in fact being a hard cap. The term “flex cap” may sound nice, but at the end of the day it’s still a hard cap. The NBA’s “concession” of backing off their desire for non-guaranteed contracts, but implementing a hard cap system is fool’s gold. It absolutely does us no good. There would still be roll backs. Each contract would have to conform to a hard cap system, meaning they could be reduced by as much as a third depending on the actual hard number agreed upon. It would cut out the middle class completely. Two guys may be able to obtain an actual contract while it will be difficult for the rest of the team to get guaranteed deals, etcetera, etcetera. HoopsHype

This cannot be a starting point for us. They have in essence tried to insult our intelligence by making us think that something they have “given us” is a slam dunk when in reality its very far from progress. Again, it’s fool’s gold. Not to mention the fact that we already have guaranteed contracts as well as a soft cap system. They have put two non-starters for us on the table and tried to begin negotiating from that standpoint. HoopsHype

April 23, 2011 Updates

Hawks center Etan Thomas was not at the game Friday because he did not return in time from attending funeral services for his grandfather. Thomas played seven minutes in Game 1 and was inactive for Game 2. “We are just giving him time to deal with it,” Drew said. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

March 14, 2011 Updates

The precedent set by decertifying was welcomed by Atlanta center Etan Thomas in a column that ran this weekend on the basketball website, HoopsHype. If Doty rules for the players and that gets the NFL owners to the table faster, decertification will be hailed as a brilliant strategy. But if Doty goes the other way, NFL players will be left in the cold and their NBA brethren might be less inclined to take that ultimate step. NBA.com

March 12, 2011 Updates

Etan Thomas: I was granted permission by Billy Hunter to speak for the union, so I wanted to say that the NBPA is in full support of our NFL brothers and their stance against the NFL. We are convinced that an NFLPA decision to litigate will help our cause since any decision will be applicable to our situation, and we thank them for setting a precedent. HoopsHype

Etan Thomas: MLB has no salary cap and has virtually none of the restrictions on player contracts that the NBA has. For instance, there are no limits on the length of player contracts and no limits on the amount of annual increases in multi-year player deals. Yet MLB has had nine different World Series winners in the past 10 years. (Boston is the only repeat champ in 2004 and 2007). During this year’s Texas-San Francisco World Series commissioner Bud Selig was quoted repeatedly stating that “competitive balance has never been as strong in MLB as it is right now.” Wouldn’t a similar system be successful for both players and the NBA? HoopsHype

February 13, 2011 Updates

Etan Thomas contacted the Tulsa World, requesting to voice his opinion on the Booker T. Washington fieldhouse debate. If Thomas gets a vote, he says the new Hornet athletic facility should be named in honor of Booker T. Washington superstar Wayman Tisdale. After learning that Booker T. Washington would be getting a new $9 million, 58,000-square-foot gym, Thomas says his immediate reaction was, "OK, it will be the Wayman Tisdale Fieldhouse. For everything he brought to the city of Tulsa and Oklahoma as a whole." Tulsa World

October 29, 2010 Updates

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