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NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

After nearly five-hour meeting, little progress in CBA talks


The countdown clock reads 13 days until the NBA’s owners lock the players out. And if you weren’t sure before, you should be now that the clock will reach zero.

After the two sides met for more than four-and-a-half hours in a Manhattan hotel Friday both sides left the room saying they were nowhere near a deal. Look at these tweets from Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

“We’re not on the same page right now,” Melo said.

After a 4 1-2 hour session with what Melo called “a lot of good dialogue,” but little movement, another session scheduled for Tuesday.

The owners made what they see as a concession — they backed off their demand for non-guaranteed contracts for players. However, the players are not seeing that as much of a concession since they already have guaranteed contracts.

And that folks was the best news to come out of the meeting.

The hard cap — which the owners are pushing hard for and the players are resisting equally as hard — remains a key sticking point. Although at the end of the day the big issue is Basketball Related Income (BRI) — currently players get 57 percent of that and the owners want a larger slice of that pie. Reportedly the players are willing to give a little here, but how much remains the question (and is that giveback only on new revenue)?

Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul attended this meeting (two players with a lot at stake in terms of team building in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement). This was also well attended by owners.

Players said that both sides are making an effort to reach a deal and you can bet there will be a lot of meetings between now and June 30 when the current CBA expires. Both sides will put on a good show.

I keep saying it and I’ll do it again — negotiations don’t get done until there is real pressure on one or both sides to compromise (seriously compromise, not making a new demand then taking it off the table). While the lockout starts July 1 there is no real pressure to make a deal until late August or September, when games become threatened. That’s when the threat of lost paychecks and revenue puts pressure on both sides.

Both sides are talking to each other still. Both sides get the stakes of a lockout at a time the league is having a resurgence of popularity. But all fans can hope for is games not to be lost — and Ray Allen fears that will happen.

Knicks ticket prices to jump average 49 percent next season

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Apparently the economy is turning around in New York City.

Because the cost of seeing the new and improved New York Knicks will be a lot higher next year — the average seat price is going up by 49 percent, as the New York Post reports.

MSG sports president Scott O’Neil is scheduled to meet with a raft of season-ticket holders today for a presentation on the new benefits that come with the significantly higher new prices.

As it is, the Knicks are ranked second in average ticket price at $88. That figure is second to the Lakers, whose average price is $113, according to Forbes.

Certainly there are things to pay for at Madison Square Garden. Not so much the Knicks, which had a higher payroll three years ago when they were a disaster on the court than they do now (even with Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony).

The big cost is the upgrades to the Garden itself, a $700 million expenditure if they get of cheap.

Still, in any economy, for any product, that is one serious price jump. But if the demand is there — and the Knicks have sold out 29 of 31 home dates so far — they may well do this and not feel much of an effect at all. Spike Lee will probably pay it.

Report: Anthony Randolph requests trade from Knicks

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The Knicks have reportedly been shopping Anthony Randolph around, seeking a first-round pick they could use in Carmleo Anthony trade. Of course, it’s looking more and more likely that there will not be a ‘Melo trade for the Knicks as the Nets have become clear front runners (if owner Mikhail Prokhorov can get ‘Melo to sign the extension).

But Randolph wants out anyway, according to a report in the New York Post. Knicks GM Donnie Walsh and Randolph’s agent Bill Duffy met Sunday to discuss the situation. Walsh would not discuss what was said and Duffy was fairly vague in his comments.

But there certainly have been talks about moving him — the Timberwolves are considered the likely destination, but the Blazers and Pacers are other rumors out there — but the Knicks have not pulled the trigger. Exactly what level of protection would be on those picks also is not know (and likely holding things up).

Randolph has not been part of the rotation since the first couple weeks of the season. If the Knicks can get a decent pick for him they should do it. That pick can either be moved again in a trade package (not just Anthony but another one), or the Knicks could use it themselves and try to find another Landry Fields. But they’re not using Randolph so they might as well see what he can bring back from the marketplace.

Melo says it's "50-50" if he's in Denver on opening night

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Carmelo Anthony has said all the right things in Denver since showing up for training camp amid a firestorm of reports concerning his future. He’s said he loves Denver, will be a Nugget, and plans to lead the team. He wasn’t part of the promo videos, but other than that, there’s been a lot to calm the nerves of Nugget fans.

Well, now we’ve got something that gives a little more insight into what Melo’s thinking. The Denver Post caught Melo after practice today and Melo finally gave an admission that it’s “possible”  he won’t be in Denver. How big of a possibility, exactly, there, Melo? From the Post:

“Possible means 50-50,” Anthony said. “As long as I’m here, I’m going to lead this team.”

So it’s a coin flip. Heads, Carmelo Anthony starts the season in Denver and tries to lead his team back to the Western Conference Finals. Tails, Denver undergoes a dramatic demolition job and starts over. Rest easy, Nuggets fans!

Here’s a question. Why has no one asked Anthony what the chances are that he signs the extension? Anyone? Anyone? Oh. Right.

Good news, everyone! La La Vasquez has chimed in on 'Melo again.

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Just so we’re clear, this isn’t a woman thing. If this were the WNBA, I wouldn’t want their significant others chiming in on what’s going on with them as free agents or trade prospects, either. This mostly has to do with it being La La Vasquez. After La La decided to open her mouth and get all chatty Cathy about the Knicks, Vasquez went on Denver radio yesterday (via the Denver Post) and tried to simmer the bubbling stew of rumors about Carmelo down a bit.

“You just kind of laugh and go through with it. Whenever anything is
going to happen, if it is going to happen, we’ll deal with it at that
point. But right now, he’s happy to be Denver Nugget. That’s where my
home is and where my mind is right now.”

Oh, okay, right now. Well that clears that up, La. Should stop those rumors cold. Wait, you had something else to say on the matter?

“As of now, the plans are to report back to Denver for training camp. So let’s just see how this plays out.”

Well, then! If I’m a Nugget fan who believes in Melo I’m feeling swimmingly. As of this exact moment, Melo doesn’t plan on avoiding training camp for the team he’s under contract with. That’s a relief! And the situation is totally over, other than her saying “let’s see how this plays out” which would mean there’s something to play out.

Not that she’d really be aware of anything, because she’s probably getting about as much information from Masai Ujiri as I am. Okay, a little more.

Thanks for the update, Ms. Vasquez. Keep us in the loop, won’t you?