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?
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.
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.
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.
Two years ago, most observers – those loyal to owners, those loyal to players and those neutral – expected a 2017 NBA lockout. Michele Roberts was throwing bombs, and commissioner Adam Silver stood in staunch in his opposition to the players-union chief.
Lately, the only question has been when, not if, the league and players would strike a deal ensuring labor peace.
That answer has been revealed: Today.
Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated:
ESPN’s The Undefeated has learned the NBA labor agreement term sheet is done and is pending ratification. Joint statement coming soon.
Owners and players still must approve the deal, but representatives at the negotiating table surely understood their constituents’ requirements. Ratification is barely more than a formality.
The new CBA will resemble the current one, and it might even be structured as a revision-and-extension of the current one. That could mean new terms go into effect even before the current agreement expires June 30, which is one of the big unknowns about the new deal.
What do we know? Some details have already leaked. See here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here and check back for more developments.
A new Collective Bargaining Agreement was reportedly close.
A day later, close might be here.
Marc Stein and Ian Begley of ESPN:
Negotiations this week between the NBA and the NBA Players Association have the parties on course to reach agreement on a new labor pact before Thursday’s deadline for either side to opt out of the current deal, according to league sources.
Sources said Wednesday that an agreement in principle on a new contract to ensure several more seasons of labor peace — anticipated throughout the league for weeks — could be struck between the league and the union as early as Wednesday night.
Owners and players would still have to approve the deal, but I trust NBA commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts know their constituents’ requirements. I can’t see either side accepting a deal at the bargaining table only for it to be voted down by the masses.
Thursday’s deadline was always overplayed. The current CBA won’t expire until July 1, even if one side opted out by tomorrow. There would have still been plenty of time to strike a deal. But it’d be reassuring to get this finalized before an opt out and let everyone feel good about labor peace.