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CBA Talks Rumors

Even though Silver and National Basketball Players Association executive director Tamika Tremaglio were in Paris this week, talks between the league and the union continued in New York. “Our colleagues are back in New York, negotiating as we speak,” Silver said. “They’ve been meeting all week, just going issue by issue and trying to work through those issues that separate us. I would say, though, that I think we start from a very strong foundation.”
So far, the talks are proceeding: Without great animus. The sides just agreed to push back a deadline for a new collective bargaining deal from December to February. Largely in secret. The sides have vowed to clamp down on leaks, and thus far it seems to be working because even teams that don’t have representation on the negotiating committee have been kept at a distance so far, sources told ESPN. One item that appears to be an issue are the rules allowing rich teams to continue a wild spending spree that has dwarfed their midsized rivals, multiple sources told ESPN.

NBA, NBPA not close to a deal on new collective bargaining agreement

Far more crucially: Dec. 15, 2022, is also the deadline in the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement for both sides — either the league or the players — to give notice that it is opting out of the existing labor deal. The NBA’s current labor pact runs through the 2023-24 season, but an opt-out from either side in the next nine days would sound immediate alarm bells because A) it essentially breaks the contract effective at the end of this season and B) it’s a measure that instantly makes the threat of a lockout tangible.