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April 22, 2014 Updates

Coon notes that under the current CBA, players are guaranteed 50 percent of the league’s forecasted BRI and 60.5 percent of the difference between forecasted revenue and actual revenue, meaning players are set to receive a total of $2.384 billion next season. Given the favorable terms awarded to owners in the 2011 CBA and the improved financial health of the league and its teams, Coon predicts NBA players will activate their opt-out clause in 2017 from the CBA and re-negotiate to get a larger piece of the league’s revenue. A lock-out would result: I expect the players to opt-out in 2017, and for the league to impose a lockout on July 1, 2017 (because they can’t do business without an agreement in place), However, negotiations will be quick and smooth (similar to 2005), and there will be a new CBA in place in time for the 2017-18 season to begin on time. The Fields of Green

With the salary and luxury cap bars moving up an estimated $5 million next season, teams across the league will have added space to bid for big free-agent names such as Carmelo Anthony and Luol Deng. This will be a small boost to teams who have the funds to throw big-money contracts at players but perhaps did not have adequate space under the cap. Five million is not a large increase in space, but it is not insignificant. If the trend continues with BRI increasing at a 7.7 percent annual rate and team balance sheets becoming healthier, the salary cap would conceivably increase year after year and give large-market teams more room to spend, ironically a development the 2011 CBA intended to curb. The Fields of Green

April 18, 2014 Updates
April 17, 2014 Updates

The sources said that, in order to pave the way for raising the age limit, the league would be willing to expand salaries in the D-League, giving each team a salary cap and allowing executives with each team to sign players as they wish. Not only would that allow D-League teams to sign good young players, it would allow NBA clubs to size up young executives and player evaluators. Of course, the NBA can't really come up with solid proposals just yet. The main issue slowing down changing the eligibility requirements remains the inability of the NBA players association to find an executive director who can negotiate with commissioner Adam Silver on the subject. But once a new director is in place, the age limit dilemma is expected to be a priority. Sporting News

April 12, 2014 Updates

To insure that the NBPA has an Executive Director in place before the start of the 2014-15 NBA season, an impressive search committee has been assembled to speed up the process. According to a league source, the Search Committee members include Kevin Johnson (chairman and Sacramento Mayor), Sonja Henning, James W. Quinn, David Drummond, Troy Carter, Ulysses Lee Bridgeman and Charles A, Tribbett III. CSNNW.com

April 7, 2014 Updates
March 28, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Players Association remains without an executive director, and it's possible the union re-opens its search after narrowing the field to two finalists, a person familiar with the union's thinking told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. At All-Star Weekend, NBPA president Chris Paul maintained there is no timeline to hire a new executive director. But starting another NBA season without an executive director would not put the executive committee, comprised of players, in the best light. USA Today Sports

March 21, 2014 Updates

Roughly two dozen players and agents are intent on getting the NBA players union to push back the selection of its next executive director until July, sources said, out of concern about how the field of candidates were winnowed to the current two finalists, litigation attorney Michele Roberts and David White, executive director of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Player representatives were recently provided videos of and informational packets about Roberts and White and asked if they were ready to move forward. It has been more than a year since the players dismissed their previous executive director, Billy Hunter, for a variety of questionable business practices uncovered by an audit. The request of the player reps prompted approximately 20 players to send signed letters to union president Chris Paul stating they were not ready to vote. Some, but not all of the players, are team union representatives, a player union source said. "A lot of different reasons were given," the source said. "They were signed by the players but you could tell they were written by their agents. When we reached out to see what was going on, the players weren't as strong about their feelings as the letters were." Bleacher Report

March 16, 2014 Updates

One of the issues holding up any discussion on the NBA age limit is the lack of an executive director for the players’ union. The players were able to talk with two candidates at the All-Star Game but appear no closer to choosing a replacement for Billy Hunter, who was removed last year. Of course, any decision on an age limit would have to be approved by the players, and with no front man, the NBPA is quickly losing ground Boston Globe

March 13, 2014 Updates

NBA agent Jeff Schwartz: As a longtime and ardent supporter of the National Basketball Players Association, I am deeply troubled by the clandestine process to date in the search for the union's next Executive Director. This is a critical hire for the players, who have been impacted so negatively by the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement. Salaries are down leaguewide, contracts are shorter and include less guaranteed money than they once did and free-agent movement has been curtailed significantly at a time that NBA franchises are reaching record valuations. Leadership from the union's next Executive Director is essential to the ability of current and future generations of NBA players to restore many of the critical benefits that were lost in the last round of negotiations, but here we are again witnessing a search marked by the sort of troubling secrecy that has been synonymous with the NBPA for years. ESPN.com

The next Executive Director should not be selected by a small group operating in a cone of silence. Players and agents alike should be involved in the process. They should be asked to identify possible candidates, provide their input regarding candidates and, most importantly, contribute to the composition of a list of finalists that is openly distributed to players and agents for consideration and vetting before any candidate is put forward for a vote. The union's announcement at All-Star Weekend that the process will proceed with players receiving video presentations from the two reported finalists is a rushed process at best and a manipulation of the process at worst. Players and agents have the right and responsibility to meet and question candidates face-to-face. ESPN.com

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