Oct 10, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT
It’s progress. Not on the core issue that will bring us labor peace, but it’s progress. Right now, we’re not going to look askew at any sign of progress.
The NBA owners and players are very close to a deal on a reduced mid-level exception going forward, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com.
… a source who has been briefed on the discussions between the two sides said Monday afternoon that the sides are close to an agreement on one “system” aspect that has proven troublesome — a new, shorter mid-level exception for free agents.
This is a good thing — the players wanted some form of the MLE because it is good for the league’s middle class. It also may be the most abused of the exceptions, with teams making some horrible decisions to use it every year then being stuck with the consequences. An MLE that is shorter in length (it had a been a five-year max) and for less money works for both sides.
It’s also a side dish, not the main course.
Until the two sides get anywhere on the split of basketball related income, it’s hard to be hopeful about anything. But at least they figured something out during five hours talking Sunday.
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- Report: Detroit Pistons sign restricted free agent Reggie Jackson for five-years, $80 million 35
- Report: Lakers near deal to sign Brandon Bass, may trade Nick Young 32
- Spurs reset franchise for post Tim Duncan life in one impressive week 19
- Report: Lakers, Pacers reach deal to trade Roy Hibbert to LA 58
- LaMarcus Aldridge has chosen to sign with Spurs 85
- Who should Clippers get to replace DeAndre Jordan? How about Blake Griffin. 43
- Report: Tobias Harris reaches four-year, $64 million extension to stay with Orlando 25