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Stern sends letter to Hunter detailing offers

Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 6:53 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

NBA commissioner David Stern told reporters during a Saturday evening news conference that he would be presenting to the National Basketball Players Association with two offers in writing. The first, a more favorable one, would be valid only if agreed to by end of day Wednesday. The second, a less favorable one, would kick in if that deadline passed.

The New York Times reports that Stern communicated both offers in a letter to NBPA executive director Billy Hunter, ending the communication with an expression of hope that a deal could be reached.
“Rather than simply proceeding, as we could have, to offer a less favorable proposal at this time, the N.B.A. is providing an additional period of time for the players association to consider our 50/50 proposal,” Stern wrote. “We are hopeful that the prospect of a less favorable outcome for the players will prompt the players association to realize that the best deal that can be reached is the one the N.B.A. is prepared to make right now.”

Stern closes, “Billy, I sincerely hope that we can reach an agreement over the next few days.”
The differences in the two offers, the paper reports, are significant in every meaningful way. In addition to roughly a 3 percent drop in its offer of Basketball-Related Income, the new offer would also promise shorter guaranteed contracts, smaller raises, a smaller mid-level exception, a reduced maximum salary figure and a flex cap rather than a strengthened soft cap.

With these details being released publicly, and thus available to every NBA player, it's possible that calls for a vote on the 50/50 offer will increase. There are reports that Houston Rockets guard Kevin Martin is in favor of the league's current offer and that Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake is agitating to get a deal.
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:32 am

Stern sends letter to Hunter detailing offers

Of course Blake and Kevin Martin are praying the union gets them back on the floor.  Those 2 are PERFECT EXAMPLES of why the NBA has become the worst league in professional sports with the most overpaid athletes quite possibly in the history of the top 4 major sports.  They are exactly the reason why the NBA needs to have very serious consequences for high market teams that exceed the salary cap.  The contracts those guys signed affect the entire NBA and just kills small market teams when they want to re-sign their own players.  

Before last season the Lakers signed Blake to a 4 year 16 million dollar deal for 4 million dollars per season, guaranteed money.  The guy is a 31 year old player with career averages of 7 points per game, 2 rebounds and 4 assists.  His career shooting percentage is barely 40 percent.   How on earth can a guy like that make that much money?  What are small market teams supposed to do when somebody better then Blake asks for 5 or 6 or 10 million dollars?  They either let the guy leave for a big market team that currently laughs at the NBA's rules regarding luxury taxes, or they over-pay to stay competitive.... it's just stupid.  A player with so little talent in most other sports and in most cases would make minimum wage in the hundreds of thousands... not in the NBA though...

Kevin Martin is a much better player then Blake, but another perfect example of why the system is broken. The guy gets a multi year deal for over 12 million per season?  WHAT???  Yeah, he puts up 20 points a game, no rebounds or assists to speak of yet in 7 seasons he's already missed about 140 games?? ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY GAMES.....  give me a break.  What the hell has he done to deserve 12 million per season??????????   Compared to the NHL that's about 3 million more then the top 3 or 4 players in the game make.  In the NFL where contracts aren't guaranteed most players making 12 million are pretty damn good, superstars for the most part.  And in MLB, yeah they are overpaid but in 2010 only two teams lost money, not 23.  

It's just dumb.... these guys need a reality check and fast..... even if they would have agreed to a 15 percent paycut right off the hop most of the NBA would still be grossly overpaid... I can't believe the union doesn't recognize this.  

Hummmmm, let me see.  Grossly overpaid players +  23 teams losing money =  ?????????????????????????????????????????????????

TROUBLE.  That's what it means... trouble.  

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Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:06 am

Stern sends letter to Hunter detailing offers

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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:59 am

Stern sends letter to Hunter detailing offers

Some hardbaall being played. Can't wait to see how it plays out.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:54 am

Stern sends letter to Hunter detailing offers

Wow.  What babble.

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:32 am

Stern sends letter to Hunter detailing offers

In other news, their is a war going on overseas and but, wait here is an anouncement from the president who just wants us to do this, "Can't we all just get along?"

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:29 am

Stern sends letter to Hunter detailing offers

Hidden deep beneath the words in the fine print is that Stern is a plantation owner and has many acres that need cotton pickin by some group of unemployed boys who usally fight over a basketball when thrown into their group.  Other than that the prison teams are ready for use by the NBA to jump into the fray and bust the picket line of non agreeable youths who have nothing and no knowledge of where they came from or whom their father may be.  Ultimately the season gets down to whether the boys will do as masta tells or they run barefoot on their own inner-city courts that are usually occupied on a daily basis by other gangs that seemingly have no real path in life.  Of course we can always ask Bryant Gumbel to step forward and put some socks on before muttering any types of words for Al Sharton or Jesse Jackson to use for their own sensationalism over any issue that seems to be anti-negro.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:12 pm

Stern sends letter to Hunter detailing offers

Stern's negotiating tatic sounds like the Old Man on Pawn Stars...........he is always throwing out a low number, the seller comes back with a number and the Old Man goes lower, not higher.

Stern says 50/50, the players say 52.5/47.5, so Stern says 47/53.............players fold and we end up at 50/50 if the players have any sense.

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