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Enes Kanter brushes former Jazz teammate Rodney Hood, who pushes back (video)


Rodney Hood had a heroic night for the Jazz on Wednesday.

He scored 25 points to lead a 109-89 win over the Thunder.

He also pushed former teamamte Enes Kanter, who’s loathed in Utah for forcing his way out (and then blasting Kevin Durant for betraying Oklahoma City).

You decide which part of Hood’s night was more appreciated.

Report: Current age minimum remains in place, but both sides open to change under new CBA

Washington's Markelle Fultz (20) tries to drive past Nevada's Jordan Caroline in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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At late stages of Collective Bargaining negotiations, the age limit reportedly re-emerged as as sticky issue.

The resolution? A new CBA without any change to the age limit, which requires players to be 19 years old and one year removed from their high school class’ graduation.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The union wants to lower the age minimum. NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants to raise it.

So, leaving the current rule in tact is a viable compromise. Clearly.

There’s also room for more creative solutions, such as a zero-or-two plan that allows players to declare from the NBA draft out of high school or wait two years (and presumably spend that time playing in college). Baseball has a zero-or-three system to serve as a model.

But that – and any other arrangement – was on the table now, and the sides couldn’t agree to anything other than the status quo. Why will that change over the during of the new CBA? Outside of an expanded D-League shaking up the system, it’s hard to see new circumstances emerging.

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

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 19:  Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball while defended by Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 19, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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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)


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

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 25:  Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors complains to official Pat Fraher #26 after Fraher called a technical foul on Green against the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter in an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on October 25, 2016 Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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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?


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.