CBA Rumors

Maybe it was only some California dreamin’, but NBA commissioner Adam Silver agreed Thursday with the head of the NBA players union that the next league’s collective bargaining agreement might be negotiated without the usual rancor or threat of a lockout. “Yeah, I hope there is an opportunity for that,” Silver said during his traditional pre-Finals news conference held each year before Game 1. “Certainly we’ve had discussions [with] the players association about getting together as early as this summer to begin talking about how both sides the collective bargaining agreement is working [and] if there were to be changes, what changes we’d like to see made.”
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Dirk Nowitzki on max contracts in the NBA: “In a way, I understand what the owners want to do. They want to keep it fair for everybody so the big-market teams…like in soccer. Every year it’s the same big spenders spending hundreds of millions of Euros over there. It’s the same teams always winning the league. I think it’s a good approach to have the parity to let everybody have a chance, even though it still might be the same teams. You gotta work within some rules and I actually don’t mind it. It’s not like I think everyone made enough money, even the superstars. Now with the new CBA coming up in 2017 or whatever, they’re already talking about the max money going up to over $30 million. I mean we make more than enough to start complaining…I can see both sides of it. But I don’t want to get carried away here. I think the superstars make enough money in our league.”
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That labor deal allows either side to opt out after the 2016-17 season, and new National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts has strongly implied, more than once, that the players intend to do so. “And if they do, we’ll deal with that,” Silver said on NBA Sunday Tip. “There were a lot of things we left on the table [in 2011]. We went into collective bargaining seeking—I don’t want to get into it now—but a number of things that we didn’t accomplish. And we compromised. And they compromised as well. “If there’s a feeling that we should reopen the collective bargaining agreement…hopefully, just as we have in the past, we’ll work through all those issues and there won’t be any disruptions in the season.”