Adam Silver Rumors
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.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan asked about it. So did Pistons owner Tom Gores. Even the Ilitch family inquired. And Silver’s listening. “I would think it greatly enhances their chance to get an All-Star game,” Silver said after Tuesday’s announcement. “My goal is to come to every city that wants us, and especially — I think we’ve said this many times at our board of governors meetings — when new buildings come on line, they deserve to get All-Star games.”
The earliest Detroit could host an NBA All-Star Game would be 2019, and even that would be a stretch. Los Angeles’ Staples Center is already booked for 2018 and Silver has said Charlotte, North Carolina, is a priority for 2019 after the league pulled the 2017 game from the city to protest a controversial piece of legislation. “There’s a process for bidding, and I’m sure Tom and Arn (Tellem) and Stan (Van Gundy) and others will focus on it,” Silver said. “But I look forward to coming back here for an All-Star game.”
Vincent Ellis: NBA commissioner Adam Silver will be in attendance at today’s announcement that #Pistons are headed downtown.
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.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver says there’s no easy answer to the trend of coaches resting star players in road games. In an interview with WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Thursday, Silver said he doesn’t support the idea of passing a rule to address the issue because, while fans might hate buying tickets only to see Manu Ginobili or Tony Parker sit on the bench, they would also not want to see the league “dictating to Steve Kerr and Coach Pop and others ‘you are obligated to play players these minutes.’ It just doesn’t work.”