Last year when we spoke, we touched a little bit upon the one-and-done rule. You said that you’d like to see the age requirement moved to 20. Have you guys discussed that anymore this year? Or is it more of a CBA / NBA Player’s Association thing? Silver: It’s something that we continue to discuss in the league office with our teams and the larger basketball community. That includes youth basketball and the NCAA. We have not had any direct conversations with the Player’s Association on the issue. As you know, we cannot unilaterally change the age, that is something that can only be done through collective bargaining. But we’ve made it clear that when we ultimately do return to bargaining, that’s something that we would like to discuss with the players. It’s my view that it would be in the best interest of the league and the Player’s Association to raise the minimum age to 20. But I understand it’s a controversial issue.
The NBA Players Association is investigating the 76ers for possible violations of the “spirit” of the collective bargaining agreement between the players and the NBA, according to a Tuesday report from the website RealGM.com. Various league sources confirmed the report Wednesday but indicated that the Sixers are unlikely to face any punishment as a result. While the Sixers have approached their salary-cap requirements from a unique perspective in the last two seasons, they stayed within the technical framework of the agreement that was approved in 2011. The Sixers did not respond to a request for comment. “They did not violate any rules, just the spirit of the rule,” one league source said. “It’s something the union will look to change for the future.”
Jake Fischer: Checked w/ several agents re NBPA report: Sixers frequently offering four-year, non-guaranteed contracts has rubbed agents, NBPA wrong way.
Shams Charania: NBPA told agents in meeting Monday that it is researching Philadelphia for possible violation of collective bargaining, sources tell RealGM.
Jeff Zillgitt: Dues for NBPA registered agents could rise from $1,500 to minimum of $5K, max of $15K if NBPA resolution is passed: Agents with 0-9 players: $5,000; Agents with 10-19 players: $10,000; Agents with 20 or more players: $15,000.
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.”
Ken Berger: Adam Silver says he’s spoken with Michele Roberts about beginning to negotiate a new CBA as early as this summer. #getchyapizzaready
Ron Klempner, NBPA general counsel: Coming out of the 1995 [CBA negotiations], the owners clearly did not get what they wanted, and they were looking for the first available opportunity to be able to go back in and get it. Garnett’s contract provided them with all of the ammunition that they needed.