Sources: Foreign Contingent Wants Deal
A strong contingent of foreign players, including several big names, is trying to convey to union leadership its willingness to accept the deal that Commissioner David Stern has said will be on the table until close of business Wednesday, sources said. If that deal isn’t accepted, Stern has stated the league’s offers will become increasingly worse, starting with a drop in the split of income from 50-50 to 53-47 in favor of the owners.
Union leadership already has publicly stated the current deal won’t be presented to the roughly 450 NBA players for a vote and that Tuesday’s meeting is merely to review options and plot the next move. However, this movement of foreign players is another example of minor cracks in the players’ solidarity that began emerging late Monday.