What a ride this season was.
Will there be one to follow it late this year?
The owners and the players are at war! With the league projecting about $350 million in losses this season, the owners have proposed a hard salary cap to replace the current system that allows for certain exceptions. They also seek lesser contract lengths and values and non-guaranteed deals.
We have signed flexibility over to our 2 MAX players. Both have been in attendance for talks
During the ASG break this year, things apparently got a bit acrimonious between opposing sides. Offers rejected and insults hurled.
Since then, things have apparently settled:
Players union president Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers said: “The dialogue was constructive. There definitely was a commitment to trying to get this process done in this room.”
Hunter said he and Commissioner David Stern would make plans for smaller meetings when they returned to New York next week. Hunter has been telling his players to be prepared for a work stoppage he said would “hurt of all us, everybody associated or connected with NBA basketball,” but believes four months is still enough time to prevent it.
“We’re going to make every effort to negotiate. We want to get a deal. Our guys do not want to be locked out, but they’re given no choice and that’s what I said to them,” Hunter said. “If you don’t give us any choice and our only alternative is to fight, then we’ll fight.”
Already it has become apparent that there will be no Summer League. Who'll cast the next stone?