LeBron James missed Cavs practice Tuesday to give a deposition in former NBA players’ union executive director Billy Hunter’s wrongful termination lawsuit. James is expected to start Wednesday at The Q against Portland, coach Tyronn Lue said. Lue also said all other players practiced and are available for the game against the Blazers.
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.”
Retired U.S. Army general Martin E. Dempsey – who was named the future chair of USA Basketball on Tuesday – stressed Thursday that players who suit up for the national program are representing their country, not any particular president. “They are not representing President-elect (Donald) Trump,” Dempsey told Andy Katz and Rich Klein on the ESPN/ABC News podcast Capital Games. “They are representing the country where we have a system that stood the test of time with three separate and equal branches of government, representing 350 million people.”
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association expect to finalize terms on a new collective bargaining agreement “just after Thanksgiving” or in “early December,” a source familiar with the negotiations told The Ringer. The source confirmed previously reported details of the new CBA — such as the addition of two-way D-League contracts and more lucrative rookie-scale and veteran-minimum contracts.