Both NBA owners and players are reportedly optimistic about agreeing to a revised Collective Bargaining Agreement before the Dec. 15 deadline to opt out of the current deal (effective July 1).
But don’t take anonymous sources’ word for it.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver makes a similar implication.
Silver, via Fran Blinebury of NBA.com:
In terms of our present bargaining discussions with the players, I’d say they’re going very well and there’s been a great sense and spirit of cooperation across the table and desire to move forward
I remain optimistic that we’re going to get something done relatively soon.
I don’t know precisely how close the sides are in CBA talks. But I believe they wouldn’t have allowed news of their optimism to leak if they weren’t legitimately confident they’ll get a deal done. I especially believe Silver wouldn’t have used the words “very well” and “relatively soon” if he weren’t confident about a deal.
It’d just be so detrimental to raise false hope.
But there are benefits to assuring fans that a work stoppage is not in the cards – if a work stoppage is not in the cards.
I’m taking Silver at his word and preparing for a 2017-18 season that starts on time, including the free agency that precedes game play.