Michele Roberts Rumors
James, Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul called for athletes to be more active in promoting social change during the ESPY’s earlier this summer. “I have thought a lot about this, and Michele Roberts and I talked a lot about these issues,” Silver said, referring to the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. “There may be no organization in our society better positioned than the NBA and its players to try and have an impact on these difficult issues plaguing many of our cities. So aside from discussions around the anthem, it is my expectation that as we move beyond the collective bargaining [negotiating] process, that we and the players together will continue to address these issues and look for opportunities where we can really make a difference.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Commissioner Adam Silver says “tremendous progress” has been made on CBA talks and he’s very optimistic on extension soon
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday in New York – one day before the league’s annual Board of Governors session — as they inch closer to striking a new labor agreement, according to league sources.
Sources say there is rising optimism on both sides of the bargaining table that the basic framework of a deal can be achieved as early as this month. The current labor agreement between the NBA and the NBAPA runs through June 2021, with both sides holding the right until Dec. 15 to express an intent to opt out in 2017.
Even just two weeks ago, I’d have predicted that one or both would opt out, but that they’d hammer out a new CBA long before that July 1 doomsday date. Now, there might be a 50/50 chance they wrap things before the opt-out date — and a longer shot at announcing a deal before the season even starts, per sources across the spectrum. That latter scenario would surprise me, but barring a last-minute cash grab from either side, there won’t be a lockout.