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Source: Hearing Set on Players’ Bird Rights
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 30, 2012 @ 6:55 am In All,Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
The hearing to determine whether the Knicks can re-sign Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak without using any of their exceptions will be two weeks from Wednesday.
According to a source close to the situation, the NBA and Players Association have agreed that June 13 will be the date of the union’s appeal regarding the “Bird rights” of Lin, Novak, Clippers guard Chauncey Billups and Blazers forward J.J. Hickson. The arbitrator for the case has not been revealed yet.
All four players were waived last year and the union believes they are entitled to Bird rights, which allow teams to exceed the cap in order to re-sign their own free agents. In the cases of Lin and Novak, the union is seeking the restoration of their “early Bird rights.”
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