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Report: NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement allows for longer contracts for designated veterans

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The NBA’s 2018 free-agent class – slated to include LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, DeAndre Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, Isaiah Thomas, LaMarcus Aldridge, Derrick Favors and Brook Lopez – might get a little less star-studded.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement opens the door for mega contract extensions for players on veteran contracts.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post:

Currently, extensions to veteran contracts allow the amended deal to total up to four years, including the current season. Is a six-year extension to an expiring contract here for five or six additional years? There’s a difference between how we conventionally describe those deals and how the CBA defines them, and it’s unclear which method the writers are using here.

Veterans with Bird Rights – by and large the type of player discussed here – can re-sign on a new contract for up to five years at any starting salary up to the max. But their extensions can last up to only three years with the salary in the first year of the extension capped at 107.5% his previous salary.

Presumably, the new designated-player-extensions won’t increase potential compensation for players on such deals. It’ll merely allow the player to get in a extension what he could get in free agency after his contract expires.

This would mirror the currently allowed designated-player extensions for rookie-scale deals. Players can re-sign after a completed rookie-scale contract for up to five years, but a non-designated-player rookie-scale extension can add up to only four years.

So, we’ll see how large of an effect this has. These extended veterans would seemingly gain only security – not more favorable contract terms than they’d be eligible for in free agency. Some players value that security, but for clear max players, why not keep the flexibility of free agency? The fallback is re-signing for the same terms that designated-player extension would’ve offered anyway.

This rule might not grant much additional leverage for teams to retain the biggest stars, but it should help teams lock up the next tier of players.

Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. submits Dunk of the Year candidate with jam on Brook Lopez (video)

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You know it’s a good dunk when the opposing team’s bench freaks out.

Draymond Green doesn’t appear happy with new Collective Bargaining Agreement

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The NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement must be ratified by owners and players, which I still see as barely more than a formality.

But that doesn’t mean approval will come unanimously.

With 30 governing owners and about 450 players, someone will object. Someone like Warriors forward Draymond Green?

Green:

Mandatory caveat: These vague tweets might not be about the CBA. But considering they came minutes after the CBA news broke, it’s tough to believe they’re not.

It’s also tough to see enough players agreeing with Green to block the agreement.

One game after returning from 17-game absence, Jeremy Lin out for Nets-Lakers

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jeremy Lin is missing the Brooklyn Nets’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers because of lower back tightness.

Lin had just returned from a 17-game absence with a strained left hamstring. Coach Kenny Atkinson says the point guard’s back tightened up Wednesday morning and Lin was ruled out shortly before the game.

Rookie Isaiah Whitehead started at point guard for the Nets.

NBA, players postpone CBA opt-out deadline to Jan. 13 to allow time for ratification

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A new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement is agreed upon.

That’s the important news in negotiations between players and owners.

The saga doesn’t end there, though. League and union representatives crafted the new CBA. Membership on both sides must still approve it.

But the deadline to opt out of the current CBA was tomorrow – sooner than ratification can logistically be completed.

What if one sides votes down the new CBA? If neither sides opts out of the current CBA, both sides could be stuck in a deal nobody wants through 2021. Or if one side opts out of the current CBA, an acceptable fallback compromise of continuation could be lost.

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association found a solution to that dilemma, which they announced in a joint statement:

The NBA and NBPA have reached a tentative agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, pending ratification by players and team owners.

 

In order to give both sides enough time to review the terms of the agreement and vote to ratify, the parties have agreed to extend the mutual deadline to opt out of the existing CBA from Dec. 15, 2016, to Jan. 13, 2017.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver knows what owners want, and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts knows what players want. It’d be shocking if the new CBA isn’t ratified.

But rather than being stuck in an untenable hole in the (extremely unlikely) event one side disapproves, pushing the opt-out deadline to Jan. 13 allows for a better path forward.

Far more likely: Both sides accept the new CBA and render the opt out irrelevant.