Owners, players to sit down, talk CBA again on Wednesday

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At least the two sides are meeting.

The owners and representatives of the Players Association are going to sit down again on Wednesday at talk about the collective bargaining agreement, according to Art Garcia at NBA.com. This will be the third such meeting and the second this summer.

The current CBA will expire at the end of this season (as long as the owners opt out as expected), and if no new deal is reached by July 1 there would be a lockout.

Off the record both sides are bracing for a lockout that could be lengthy and mean lost games next season.

On the record they both say they are happy to be negotiating. Still, the two sides remain very far apart (although Commissioner David Stern called it a gap, not a gulf after the last meeting).

The owners are looking for dramatic shift in the CBA, something that would have less guaranteed money on contracts and a hard (or at least harder) salary cap. The players are pretty much good with the status quo, saying that the owners claims of losing money are not true.

We’ll keep you updated on any news out of Wednesday’s meeting. And remember to really savor the games this season because it may be longer than usual before they return.

Wizards’ Alan Anderson undergoes another left ankle surgery

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Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.

However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”

There is no timetable for his return.

The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.

But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.