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  1. The Nets are very excited to make their problems worse in free agency

    Nov 27, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

    Deron-Williams

    Here’s the best part about all the games lost and money squandered and damage done to the game in this lockout. All the attempts to curb spending are going to end with a free agency class getting considerably more than it deserves. It has some stars in it, but the best options are either facing…

  2. New “Derrick Rose Rule” will make a few rookies rich(er)

    Nov 27, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Players on their rookie deals remain one of the great values to owners — they get players who often can contribute a lot but at a fraction of the salary of a veteran who does the same thing. Those rookie deals remain untouched in the new collective bargaining agreement. Except for one change — if…

  3. Report: Age limit under review, but could stay the same for 2012

    Nov 27, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

    2011 NBA Draft

    Among the so-called “B-List Issues” being worked on before a formal vote will be held, the age limit consideration could be the one that impacts the NBA the most and certainly draws the most fan interest. And Yahoo! Sports reports that it’s such a big issue, it may not get resolved right away. The NBA…

  4. The lockout is over… what should my team do now?

    Nov 27, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Finally — forget the tedious discussions of BRI, escrow, “disclaimer of interest” and the other stuff that made us feel like we were studying for the bar exam not following the NBA. It’s time to get serious. It’s time to do what we fans do best. It’s time to play armchair GM. There is just…

  5. Kevin Martin heads to the gym (and other lockout reactions)

    Nov 26, 2011, 10:15 PM EST

    Kevin Love Visits FOX Business

    Just like NBA fans, NBA players were shocked and excited early Saturday morning. (No, not like that. What is wrong with you people?) When a bleary-eyed David Stern and Billy Hunter sat side-by-side in a NYC conference room about 3:30 Saturday morning to announce a deal, the NBA players who were up got the news…

  6. Great, we have a handshake deal. So now what happens?

    Nov 26, 2011, 7:27 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    David Stern and Billy Hunter shook hands. Figuratively, but there is a handshake deal in place for an NBA labor settlement. The framework for a full blown new NBA collective bargaining agreement is in place. But that is a long way from an actual signed deal and NBA games starting on Christmas Day. So, what…

  7. Heat, Knicks may be big winners in last minute deal changes

    Nov 26, 2011, 6:57 PM EST

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    Part of the motivation for the hardline owners during the NBA lockout was to never let what happened with LeBron James going to Miami to ever happen again. To never let what Carmelo Anthony did to the Nuggets ever happen again (they lost the ‘Melo part of the fight). Small market owners didn’t like players…

  8. Top 10 free agents when the lockout ends

    Nov 26, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    On December 9th, assuming the deal is approved by both sides, players will re-enter training facilities for the first time since last spring to being working towards the NBA season. At the same time, NBA free agency for the 2011-2012 season will open, and all hell will break loose as teams scramble to sign their…

  9. Video: David Stern, Billy Hunter talk NBA labor deal

    Nov 26, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    In case you were not one of us up at 3 a.m. (Eastern, there are advantages to my West Coast perch some days) here is the video of David Stern and Billy Hunter talking about the tentative NBA labor deal early Saturday morning when it was announced. Both are lawyers and both choose their words…

  10. What was finally decided with those “thorny” system issues?

    Nov 26, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    It was the most confounding part of this constantly confounding NBA lockout. The owners and players got to a point a few weeks ago where they essentially agreed on the money side of the equation — how to split up the revenue coming into the league — but could not get close on the “system”…

  11. Report: Yi Jianlian out 2-4 weeks

    Nov 26, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Image (1) yi_jianlian_china-thumb-250x140-18367.jpg for post 3707

    Players will be making their way back from overseas now that the lockout is effectively over, yes, even those that signed with the Chinese Basketball Association and their “no opt-out” rule. You’re going to see a slew of releases over everything from “injuries” like strained hamstrings to “personal differences” as reasons why CBA teams “release”…

  12. Draft age limit, other “B-list” issues still to be resolved

    Nov 26, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    There are still some big issues sitting out there unresolved in the NBA labor talks. At what age can players declare for the NBA draft? Keep it at 19 (the one-and-dones) or move it to 20? Or 18? Then there are the specifics of the NBA drug testing policies. And the rules in the unlikely…

  13. NBA owners won. Big. But the players can live with it.

    Nov 26, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

    CORRECTED VERSION - NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    As the talk starts to build of all the little concessions the NBA players got in the last week to make an NBA labor deal happen in time for games on Christmas day, remember this: The owners won. In a massive way. This is an Attila the Hun sweeping through Eastern Europe kind of win…

  14. Owners have a lot to prove in the life of this CBA

    Nov 26, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    It’s over, and now we have to look back and survey the wreckage. 480 games lost. Millions of dollars in league revenue, local economy revenue, player salaries. Fans hurt by the way the league and players left them behind in pursuit of more money. Momentum lost after the most exciting season in over a decade.…

  15. What we know about the deal that ended the lockout so far

    Nov 26, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    It’s less than eight hours after a bleary-eyed group of executives and attorneys shuffled into a small conference room at a New York office building to deliver the news: a tentative deal is in place. The lockout is over. Now begins the process of unraveling what happened and how, and determining what the new CBA…

  16. NBA Christmas Day openers likely to see finals rematch

    Nov 26, 2011, 8:34 AM EST

    Nowitzki LeBron James

    It’s not official yet (and may not be for a couple weeks) but we have a pretty good idea what the new NBA opening day will look like. Which is exactly what the old Christmas Day schedule looked like. That slate of games was to and most likely will start where the NBA labor talks…

  17. Why a deal now? Pressure from the calendar, mostly

    Nov 26, 2011, 5:02 AM EST

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    After two years of negotiations, after 149 days of NBA lockout, after so many marathon negotiating sessions that we all lost track, the NBA reached a deal about 3 a.m. Saturday morning. That’s great news, we were all sick of taking BRI and escrow and luxury taxes. But after all that, why now? Because the…

  18. NBA owners, players reach tentative deal, games to begin Dec. 25

    Nov 26, 2011, 3:34 AM EST

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Finally, we are going to have NBA basketball again. After more than 15 hours of negotiations Friday into Saturday morning (following a week of secretive talks), the NBA owners and players have reached a handshake deal on a new collective bargaining agreement the sides announced. (Ken Berger at CBSSports.com broke the story.) “We’ve reached a…

  19. Friday night videos: Cedric Ceballos drops 50

    Nov 25, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

    CEDRIC CEBALLOS

    We had Cedric Ceballos on the mind this week, for obvious reasons, and we’re glad he’s recovering. Rightfully most people think of him Suns player, but because I grew up in L.A. I gravitate towards his time as a Laker. I have a real soft spot for the Celballos, Nick Van Exel, Vlade Divac Lakers…

  20. NBA labor meetings rolling along with little word

    Nov 25, 2011, 7:51 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    If you’re desperately looking for good news out of the NBA labor talks, after nearly eight hours of negotiations on Friday there is almost no news out of the room. No news may be good news, or at least a sign that the two sides have gotten serious. There have always seemed to be leaks…

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