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March 2, 2015 Updates

Some believe delaying the Nets sale is Silver’s goal. The Atlanta Hawks also are for sale, with bids said to be around $900 million, and the NBA may not want prospective buyers to be split between the teams. China’s Fosun is also in the bidding for the Hawks, sources said. New York Post

March 1, 2015 Updates

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told Adam Silver he’d like to see some of those rules change. “I actually brought it up with the commissioner, and he thought it was int – but there’s some practical reasons why the league won’t allow that, even though I think there might be a way to overcome them,” Morey said. “I think that could allow teams to not ever have fear. Like if that Harden trade had, oh, if he becomes an All-Star, you have to send yet another future first-round pick. Or if he fails, we get back a pick. I think that would grease a lot of deals.” NBCSports.com

Warriors general manager Bob Myers proposed the NBA follow baseball’s lead in allowing a team trading a player to continue to pay a portion of a player’s salary while he plays for a new team. Currently, teams can add just up to $3.3 million to trades in a season and receive just up to $3.3 million in trades in a season. Both amounts increase by $100,00 annually. “The NBA, more than any other league I know for us, is most restricted,” Myers said. NBCSports.com

February 28, 2015 Updates

Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games. “The NBA family has lost one of its patriarchs,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in an NBA game, was as inspirational as he was understated. He was known as a modest gentleman who played the game with skill, class, and pride. His legacy survives in the league he helped integrate, and the entire NBA family will strive to always honor his memory.” Pasadena Star-News

February 26, 2015 Updates
February 25, 2015 Updates

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday night that it’s “probably unlikely” for Orlando to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game because the city hosted the exhibition just several years ago, in 2012. Asked about Orlando’s chances of hosting in 2017, Silver answered that Orlando’s chances are slim “only because the game was here in 2012 and there are some other teams that haven’t had an All-Star Game in a long time who, if their bids are complete, would take priority only because we like to share the wealth, so to speak. Orlando Sentinel

February 18, 2015 Updates

Silver is concerned with keeping the game relevant amid stiff competition from other sports. It's vital to stay affordable and attractive to an aging population as well as the next generation of hoop fans. It's entertainment, after all, and Silver wants to keep the NBA in the center of the spotlight. "I realize we have to earn the fans' support every day," he told The AP. "Over the course of my business career I've seen a lot of great businesses seemingly disappear. We don't take anything for granted and we realize that especially when it comes to the changing world of television that we have to focus on what's happening on tablets and smartphones and how young people are consuming media." USA Today Sports

February 17, 2015 Updates

Welcome to Rest Week, yet another innovation by Adam Silver that only enhances his reputation as The Players' Commissioner. Silver made it clear, not long after taking the job roughly a year ago, that keeping the players fresh and reducing the chance for injury was a priority. And just like that, the basketball is currently deflated for a few extra days here post-All-Star weekend, allowing players to catch their breath after 3 1/2 months of work and especially a weekend of partying in New York. "Love it," said Hawks forward Paul Millsap. "Just what we need," said Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge. NBA.com

February 16, 2015 Updates

Durant is in favor of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s pledge to try and eliminate four games in five nights and greatly reduce back-to-backs in the NBA’s regular-season schedule. “Yeah, it’s nice,” said Durant, who had just three points on 1-for-6 shooting in 10 minutes. “As much as we can get rest and still be at a high level, it’s always cool for us. “But we’re all gamers in this league and everybody likes to play, so whatever schedule they put out is what we have to do.” New York Post

February 15, 2015 Updates

"We do need to make some changes in the Draft Lottery, which I believe is largely a perception issue," he said. "We want to ensure that our fans know that our teams do not have an incentive to lose games. … The system isn't as broken as some may suggest, but it's going to require a tweak." USA Today Sports

On the age limit: “I think it would be much better for the game if the minimum age were 20 instead of 19. Having said that, I do understand the other side of the issue. While the Union has stated its view that they want to keep it at 19, we haven't entered collective bargaining. We haven't sat across the table and discussed it with them. We haven't had an opportunity to present, in essence, our side of why we think it would be beneficial not just for the league, but for the players as well. So we'll see. When we get into bargaining, I'm sure we'll discuss it.” Sporting News

The sale of the Hawks continues on a “deliberate, methodical process,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday night. Silver added that there are several prospective buyers. “That has moved along the course that we expected,” Silver said during a news conference at the All-Star game. “There are several very interested parties who are looking at the team. It is on schedule.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Silver confirmed that the NBA recently changed its rules concerning team ownership. In a rule passed by the Board of Governors, ownership groups cannot be comprised of more than 25 individuals. Also, each individual must own at least 1 percent of the team. Silver said the approval of the rule change was a formality. The Hawks are expected to be sold for at least $800 million and potentially as much as $1 billion. The Clippers sold this summer for $2 billion. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The league will have to work with teams and their arenas and TV partners to find the right balance. "We've talked to our partners at Turner and Disney about maybe opening up a little bit more flexibility on Thursday nights and Sunday. That will help with the scheduling," Silver said. "We've also talked to our teams and their arenas about creating more windows, more opportunities to schedule games. I think that it's a give-and-take in terms of the other events in the building." USA Today Sports

The Roberts-Silver relationship has, of course, just gotten underway — Roberts was only hired over the summer, and Silver took over for Stern a year ago. They’ll keep talking about some mechanism that can reduce the shock to the NBA’s system as the new money comes in, but it’s difficult to see a compromise there. “I haven’t had a chance to negotiate with the unions directly since they had that meeting (Friday) night,” Silver said. “My sense is there will be additional discussions, but ultimately that is what our system is under the current collective bargaining agreement. It’s like a lot of things in business and in sports, you deal with the situation as it is presented to you. I don’t want to act like it is a terrible problem to have — we’re thrilled that based on the interest in the NBA, we are able to command these big increases in the television market.” Sporting News

What if the Knicks suddenly had the opportunity to sign up two max-contract players? Or if the Lakers could sign three? Or if the already-stocked Bulls could add another All-Star? Where does that leave, say, Milwaukee or Minnesota or New Orleans? “It’s what our system is,” Silver said on Saturday. “The players receive, on a sliding scale, it ranges from 49 to 51 percent, and because of the revenue targets we hit, the players will receive 51 percent of the new television money. At the time we were negotiating the deal, we were not projecting that our television increases would be as large as they are. … (Smoothing) is something we presented to the union, ultimately it is up to them to decide what is in the interest of the players association. I have a feeling there will be additional discussions.” Sporting News

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