David Boies Rumors
With those dynamics in mind, the talks take the form of a legal settlement as opposed to a collective bargaining resolution — with many of the same participants still involved but some new faces, too. The players’ lead attorney in the antitrust action, David Boies, has teamed with former NBPA lead outside counsel Jim Quinn in an effort to push the deal across the finish line. Multiple people connected to the talks have told CBSSports.com that the discussions could move quickly towards a deal after the momentum gained in the past week from back-channel talks spearheaded by Quinn, who was a key figure in ending the 1998-99 lockout. But one person in frequent contact with ownership cautioned that it may take the entire weekend to find common ground, adding that there “could be some anxiety” in the room Friday.
However, Boies said, it’s not his place to make the first call to the NBA for “settlement discussions.’’ The NBA has until Dec. 5 to answer the lawsuit and a source said the league hasn’t even identified its attorneys.
Steve Aschburner: NBA responds to players’ attorney Boies re: “waste of time” to initiate settlement talks: “Mr. Boies is wrong. As the union knows we’re very receptive to negotiations without regard to who places the call. In other words, NBA hasn’t picked up phone either. But “receptive” to settlement talks. Or at least talks about talks. Now, anyway.
People want to know when this thing will be settled, and they are growing impatient. Boise again made the point about the league’s public statement, and I countered by saying that was merely posturing for public consumption. Sheridan: “That was spin. If you call Mishkin, you can talk turkey. Boies: “I don’t have that sense, but … (13 second pause) … I suppose it couldn’t hurt for me to call him. You know, I suppose it couldn’t hurt for me to call him. Ask me that Wednesday.