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Report: Stern has authority to “tweak” owners’ offer

Nov 9, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

David Stern, Adam Silver AP

Apparently there is some wiggle room. It’s not going to be much, the question is will it be enough?

Tuesday the players rejected the owners take-it-or-leave it offer saying they wanted more talks and some changes on system issues.

NBA Commissioner David Stern can make some minor tweaks to the owners offer, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

“There can be a few things tweaked along the edges, the periphery and this can be agreed upon,” one ownership source told Yahoo! Sports. “I’m confident that would not be an issue if [Stern] did that.”

“It will be a very slight budge,” one high-ranking management source said.

The players have come down to a 50/50 revenue split if they get the system they want, kicking back more per season than the $300 million the owners claim to have lost last year. But as a trade-off, the players want more freedom of movement and a system more like what the league has had for more than a decade. Small market owners — your hardliners — have been pushing for a system that would rein in big-spending teams.

They are going to sit down and they are going to talk. We’ll see if it’s enough, or if it is Armageddon.

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