Source: Hunter “Pretty Dug In’ on 52% BRI
From a deal-making perspective, how this should go is fairly straight forward. Absent undue pressure from hard-line agents, (Billy) Hunter and (Derek) Fisher should be able to sell a 50-50 split to the membership if they get concessions on several key system issues that remain unresolved — principally related to the luxury tax and exceptions. These, along with the preservation of guaranteed contracts, a soft-cap system with the cap and tax staying roughly constant at $58 million and $70 million in Year One, respectively, and a healthy mid-level exception starting at $5 million would be enough small victories for Hunter to sell 50 or 51 percent as a win-win.
Sadly, a person close to Hunter said Tuesday the union chief remains “pretty dug in,” and it’s clear who’s giving the marching orders not to go a penny below 52 percent. Look no further than the infamous letter that seven high-powered agents sent to their clients on Oct. 3, strongly urging the players not to make any further concessions beyond 52 percent of BRI.