Silver and Roberts are working in a different time, and have been willing to give one another the benefit of the doubt as they build their relationship. Both are strong-willed, but don’t have the sense/need for the dramatic flourishes of their predecessors. “Definitely, the pile of money helps,” a source familiar with the discussions noted last week. (As the deal is not yet done, both sides have continued to respect a news blackout on the state of negotiations, though details of the progress between the sides leaked out a month ago.)
The two sides are discussing proposals that would allow players with 10 or more years’ service in the league, per an industry source, to get a bump in max salaries that would push the maximum contract for such a player re-signing with his own team to more than $200 million for five years, with a first-year salary in excess of $35 million. And pensions, benefits and health care provisions for retired players will also get augmented.
Derrick Byars: “Upon hearing that the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) will include legislation that increases NBA D-League salaries to $50,000-$75,000 from the $19,000 (B contract) – $26,000 (A contract) that current D-Leaguers earn, I thought it was a game-changer for sure. I can recall conversations I had years ago with a former NBA executive and mentor of mine, where I’d say “if only the D-League could find a way to increase the salaries, it would offer a better option for pros than the current model does.” He never disputed my assertion, but the reality of a salary increase seemed like a pipe dream or, at the very least, virtual light years away from ever happening. Couple that with the advent of two-way contracts and NBA roster sizes maxing out at 18 versus the previous 15? Oh, not only is this a game-changing attention grabber, but a potential life-changer for many aspiring pro basketball players.”
However, another player in a contract season may not return to the Pistons. “Aron [Baynes] is a really good player and I said this after the last game, we’re going to be in a difficult situation by the [CBA] rules of trying to re-sign him next summer,” Van Gundy said. “I’m supposed to downplay him, not play him up and tell you, ‘You know, that guy’s a pretty solid backup,’ but the bottom line is he’s a starting-caliber NBA center who we’re very lucky to have as a backup.”
With talks continuing between the NBA and the players’ association on a new collective bargaining agreement, league commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday that one possible element is giving teams an even further advantage in trying to retain their homegrown stars. “One of the things we’re talking about … is coming up with additional opportunities for the incumbent team to retain the player,” Silver told SiriusXM NBA Radio. “Some advantages, in terms of being able to negotiate earlier to extend the contract.”