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Report: Owners, players going to meet in early August

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The news is that lower level staff have almost got it set so some time in the next few weeks the key owners and players representatives are finally going to sit down in a room together and talk again. And this is supposed to make us happy?

That’s the report from Tom Ziller at SB Nation.

A National Basketball Players Association spokesman confirmed to that the union and NBA are hammering out details for the first bargaining session of the NBA lockout, to be held within the first two weeks of August.

Recent reports have suggested that neither the players nor owners have shown an inclination to get back to the bargaining table, given the vast gap said to separate the sides. But staff from each side have been communicating, and a bargaining session that includes NBA deputy director Adam Silver and members of the union’s board will be held in early August.

We’ve been saying this from the start and it needs to be repeated again — because even we get frustrated — these kinds of negotiations never really get serious until the threat of lost games nears reality. Which means things get serious in September.

Look at the NFL — 100 days of posturing then a deal got hammered out in a month. It’s the same with union negotiations involving teachers, police, longshoremen, and on down the line — it almost always comes down to the final days. There has to be real pressure on one or both sides before there is real compromise.

The concern with the NBA is that the owners and players are so far apart — much farther than their NFL brethren — that the time allotted will not be enough to reach a deal and save the full season. Maybe. But frankly until we get to September we’re not really going to know how bad things are.

Hey, but at least they’re almost meeting again. So everyone be happy.

Is DeMarcus Cousins MVP worthy? “It’s mine to grab”

DeMarcus Cousins

Last season, DeMarcus Cousins received zero MVP votes (the same as every year of his career). Even though he averaged 24.1 points, and 12.7 rebounds a game, which was enough to get him his first All-Star berth, MVP is another thing entirely. Only players on winning teams tend to draw the attention of MVP voters.

This season, can Cousins — arguably the best center in the game — get in the conversation?

He thinks it’s more than just that, he told Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report.

The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins.

“Reachable, man?” Cousins told Bleacher Report, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”

As noted above, the only way Cousins gets into the conversation — fair or not — is if the Kings are in the playoffs (at the very least). He understands that.

“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.”

Vlade Divac built a Kings’ team designed to start winning now — as you would expect from a team a year away from moving into a new arena they need to fill. Owner Vivek Ranadive is not about selling hope anymore, he wants to sell wins.

I think Cousins can help provide that.

I’m less sold on the cast around him being able to help.

PBT Extra bold prediction preview: Markieff Morris will be a happy Sun

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After a bumpy season where the he fought with Suns coaches, then a summer where he and his twin Marcus felt they were blindsided by a trade, Markieff Morris has been plenty vocal about his unhappiness in Phoenix. To the point it has cost him some serious cash.

So what should we expect from Markieff Morris’ upcoming season?

Relative calm, I tell Jenna Corrado of NBCSports in this latest edition of PBT Extra previewing the NBA season.

The reasons are twofold. First, he has to realize the Suns aren’t trading him anyway (especially not while he publicly demands a trade, lowering his trade value). Second, can you imagine how new locker room leader Tyson Chandler is going to react to that? Chandler was brought in to fill a leadership void in the locker room, and you can bet he will make his displeasure at such team-disrupting antics known.

Still not sure if that’s enough to get the Suns to the playoffs.