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February 15, 2015 Updates

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

February 14, 2015 Updates

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

Dallas power forward Dirk Nowitzki was the final All-Star selection, getting picked by commissioner Adam Silver as an injury replacement for Anthony Davis late Wednesday night. The Mavs had lobbied for shooting guard Monta Ellis. "Let's be honest: [Ellis] should be at the All-Star Game and Dirk should be home," Carlisle said Friday on ESPN's "The Afternoon Show with Cowlishaw and Mosley" on 103.3 FM. "That's the way this should be going. I'm assuming they go by the vote count. Dirk may have had one more vote than Monta or something like that, but Monta Ellis should be in the All-Star Game." ESPN.com

The National Basketball Players Association on Saturday rejected the NBA's proposal for "smoothing in" billions of dollars from the new TV/media deal into the salary cap. NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said the union hired two forensic economic teams to evaluate the league's proposal and both economic teams recommended the union not accept the league's proposal. USA Today Sports

Regardless, players will still get 51% of basketball-related income (BRI). Under the CBA, when player salaries don't reach 51%, the league cuts a check to players for the difference. The union is opposed to artificially suppressing the salary cap, but it appeared Roberts is willing to read other proposals. USA Today Sports

Following the announcement in 2013 that the New York City teams would co-host the All-Star game, soon-to-be commissioner Adam Silver said the Nets would host the big Sunday game at Barclays Center in “the relatively near future,” a reward for only holding the sidebar events in 2015. Amidst rumors that majority shares of the team and the arena are up for sale, CEO Brett Yormark told the Daily News that there hasn’t yet been a commitment from the Nets. He said the topic should be discussed shortly. “I’m sure there will be some options to host it again,” Yormark said. “I’m sure after this weekend, management and ownership will sit down and decide whether or not it’s something we want to pursue. But the experience has been terrific.” New York Daily News

February 13, 2015 Updates

What is your opinion on Mikhail Prokhorov’s ownership of the Nets, presuming he does sell the team in the short-term as some expect, and would the league be interested in more foreign owners? Adam Silver: Yes, the league would always be open to more international owners. He’s been a great owner. I know he would have liked to have spent more time in Brooklyn, but the situation back in Russia, especially over the last year, hasn’t allowed him to travel as much as he hoped. He engaged in somewhat of a high-risk, high-reward strategy by becoming a large (luxury) taxpayer, but that’s permissible under our system. It took them into the second round of the playoffs last year, and I know his goal has been to win championships, so I’m sure he’s somewhat frustrated. But I know when you look at what he and Bruce Ratner have done in Brooklyn by successfully completing that building, by making the move from New Jersey, from that standpoint it’s been spectacular. As you and I know as New Yorkers, that arena is a permanent fixture of this community, and not only is there for basketball events but is practically full year round including the circus and concerts and other events, as well. So if he did decide to sell, I think he would be leaving an enormous legacy here in New York. New York Post

There’s been a push by some to eliminate divisions. Do you feel they are necessary? Adam Silver: I think divisions and conferences are important. I think rivalries continue to be important, and the practical issue of travel. If you eliminate the conference and division system, you’re going to have teams traveling even more than they do now, which brings us back to our first issue, and that’s on the appropriate resting of players. New York Post

February 12, 2015 Updates

Charles F. Gardner: Brandon Knight on D-Wade's all-star support: "I definitely appreciate D-Wade for that. Too bad the commissioner didn't feel the same way." Knight said he is happy to be in skills challenge Friday at Barclays Center: "I'm just looking forward to representing the Bucks." Twitter @cf_gardner

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