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NBA says it could void all existing contracts

Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:57 pm
By Matt Moore 

There's been a quiet response to all the decertification talk this weekend, and in a fairly embarrassing Twitterview, the NBA presented it front and center Sunday night. The league has given the players a choice between a proposal they obviously find unacceptable, and even worse deal which will be the owners' new starting point for negotiations should the players reject the current offer. In response, the players have pushed even closer to decertification or potentially a disclaim of interest to dissolve the union and pursue antitrust lawsuits against the league.  The league has answered every move the players have tried to make. So their response to the threat of decertification?

They will pursue voiding all existing contracts.

It's not as simple as just saying "your contracts are void," there's a legal process. It involves the suit currently filed by the league against the players which they filed months ago, and even if that didn't go through, they'd file again post-decertification in pursuit of the same goal. It's a complex, and messy situation that could take years to resolve if it came to that. But much like decertification, it works better as a threat than as a legitimate weapon. 

If you're a max player, say, Carlos Boozer, and you just landed that last big contract to set you up guaranteed for the next four seasons, and the league says it can nullify that contract and set you back, how do you consider the proposal tomorrow as player reps meet in New York? If you're Joe Johnson, and you know there's no freaking way you get the deal you got in 2010 in a wide-open free agency, how do you respond? Every player earning more than he probably would in an open market would pause. Yes, you have your Derrick Rose's, your Blake Griffins, but there are far more players playing on longer-term contracts with considerable value than there are young players bucking for an open market.

And the threat works both ways for the owners. If you're Donald Sterling, how do you feel about the idea that Blake Griffin could be a free agent? Or Clay Bennett with Kevin Durant? How about Ted Leonsis and John Wall? But still, much like the CBA debate itself, it's not about the stars, it's about the rank and file guys, and those guys would be devasteated financially to lose their current contracts, especially if they also lose the ability to negotiate a guaranteed contract in the next agreement. 

It's a hefty threat, the kind of nuclear weapon for the owners that decertification is for the players. Both sides continue to get closer to the button and there appears to be no cooler head to walk things back.  

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:11 am

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

Only a small percentage of NBA fans would pay to watch an exhibition. Thats ALL you would get if you didnt have the owners and teams that represent YOUR CITY. You really think these players would earn the same paychecks if they didnt have a league? I hope these NBA premadonnas enjoy playing overseas. Maybe in a few years those leagues will lock them out too.

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:10 pm

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

I would pay to see NBA players on a barnstorming tour, something I would not pay these owners for.  They would need to bring traveling physicians, trainers, and insurance agents.  The players are the game, not the owners. 

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:23 pm

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

What if they did something like a franchise draft like they do in madden, could you imagine the tv ratings for that?!

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:46 pm

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

This really is pretty comical to be honest.  This entire process is being dictated by a few select superstars who don't want to give up their chance at the Stupid (guaranteed) Contract.  The average players isn't even in the room which should not come as a surprise since the NBA has always been about marketing superstars.  Watching marginally educated multi millionaires cry about deserving more money is certainly better than watching an actual NBA game.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:37 pm

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

Every team has at least one player who is an overpaid underachiever.  I know the Detroit Pistons have several that fit that description.  I wonder if a lot of these players fully understand what their future will look like if they reject this offer again and go through with the lawsuits and disclaimer strategy.  Did any of them read a newspaper last week and see a story how federal courts are delaying trials for lawsuits because there are so many more new criminal cases being tried in federal courts?  Do the players union, their lawyers and agents, and all the players think the federal court system is going to move their case right up to the head of the line?

That old Chinese proverb "Be careful what you wish for, because you might get it" is proving true.  If the players aren't smart or careful, they're going to get exactly what they're asking for, and they'll soon discover it's not what they hoped for.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:44 am

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

Well everytime a sport group, (MLB, NHL, NFL or NBA) take away games from the fans they lose fan support. The NBA is worth less today than it has every been to the fans.  Yes, the total money involved will be close to last year but the over all fan base will be less around the water cooler....

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:20 am

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

Here's what would be the most entertaining:  Every team must spend $50 million dollars and no more on their full roster.  Everyone's names get put in a giant Dr. Suess hat.  On national television, each owner takes his turn and walks up to the podium.  He chooses 15 names out of the hat.  It could be the 15 worst players in the league or he could get lucky and pick the 15 best.  Once he gets his team, he figures out how to divide the $50 million.


Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:09 am

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

close the league down ..pure and simple..let the players go elsewhere and play and se ehow good they have it here ..players can't live on 5 mill a year average ? go try and get that anywhere else to play agame u morons..

Since: Oct 4, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:51 am

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

You're right about the UPS employees!!

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:43 am

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

Why insult UPS employees? Most of these Prima Donnas would find the job too difficult mentally.
I say, fire them all and have open tryouts. Fans will soon forget the names of these greedy bastards. All we want t osee is basketball.

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