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Adam Silver Sends Warning to NBA Players About Opting out of CBA

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Adam Silver appears ready to rumble if NBA Players want to re-negotiate the current CBA.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver appeared on Bleacher Report Radio today covering several topics of interest to the league. Among them the possible re-negotiation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement governing revenue distribution and player salaries. Bleacher Report's Howard Beck summarizes:

Commissioner Adam Silver fired a modest warning shot on Sunday, saying that if the players want to reopen the labor deal, "There will be things that we're going to bring back to the table, too."

While Silver offered no specifics, he was clearly alluding to the 2011 lockout, when NBA owners pushed for a hard cap, salary rollbacks and other new restrictions on player earnings. The most drastic measures were dropped when owners and players at last reached agreement on a new 10-year labor deal in November of that year after a 149-day standoff.

If the league or the Player's Union wishes to opt out of the current deal, they must do so by December, 2016. In an earlier interview the union's executive director Michele Roberts termed an opt-out "it's a pretty good bet" from the players' side. With billions of revenue at stake, a small shift in percentages equates to hundreds of millions of dollars going to players or owners.

Silver also spoke about "Hack-a-Shaq" strategies and revamped playoff seeding, including the "Best Teams 1-16" proposal and elimination of seeding bonuses for division winners. The latter was occasioned by the Portland Trail Blazers finishing 6th in the Western Conference by record but drawing the 4th seed, leaving the defending champion San Antonio Spurs to face the higher-seeded Los Angeles Clippers instead of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Again, the full article is here. Worth a look. Hat tip to @RealGM for the find.

--Dave blazersub@gmail.com / @DaveDeckard@Blazersedge