Owners, NBPA Likely Meeting Next Week
Negotiators for NBA owners and players will likely meet again next week. And the league will have to offer something different to interest the players.
The union has been holding regional meetings, informing its members just how harsh it believes the owners’ proposal is for a new collective bargaining agreement. The league is seeking significant changes to the salary structure as a way to eliminate its losses, which it says totaled $300 million last season.
Players have balked at the demands, and players’ association vice president Maurice Evans of Washington said Wednesday that when players are shown what the league wants, they are unified in their stance.
“When we’re able to explain exactly what David Stern is asking for, it becomes so clear and evident that we cannot take this deal, and guys would be willing to not participate, to not play, if that’s the offer to us,” Evans told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Chicago, where the union was set to hold another meeting Thursday.