NEW YORK Several league sources shot down the comments made by former NBA executive Dave Checketts that the NBA and the NBA Players Association have agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
"The rumblings coming out of both the players side and the owners side, are suggesting there is a deal," Checketts told ESPN 700-AM in Salt Lake City. "There're trying to finish everything up."
However, CSNNE.com spoke with two league sources that indicated Checkett's report was "not true."
"I wish he was right; hell, all of us wish he was right," said one source. "But the deal isn't done yet."
Both sides are still negotiating more than seven hours after they started.
But as the interview continued, it became clear that Checketts' announcement wasn't quite as firm as initially thought.
"This certainly could, and has already in this negotiation over time, crashed into a wall," Checketts said. "I get a different feeling about this. Both sides have come together and are trying really hard to iron out the details and come out unified."
From there, he began to go into full Deion Sanders circa 1990-mode, with some pretty sweet back-pedal skills.
"I guess I have to soften a little bit," Checketts said. "And say I'm not as clear as I was, but good things are happening."
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BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas was among the breakout performers in the NBA this past season, earning the Celtics guard his first All-Star appearance in the process.
And when the league announced its three All-NBA teams on Thursday, Thomas was among the contingent of players receiving votes.
Thomas, who averaged a career-high 22.2 points per game this past season, received a total of 20 points which was more than perennial standouts Pau Gasol (16 points) of Chicago, Dirk Nowitzki (8 points) of Dallas and New York’s Carmelo Anthony (2 points).
Golden State’s Stephen Curry was a unanimous first-team selection as he was named to the first team on all 129 ballots submitted for a total of 645 points. Points for first, second and third team nominations were awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
Joining Curry on the first team was LeBron James who was named to the first Team for the 10th time in his 13 NBA seasons; San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.
The second team includes Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Golden State’s Draymond Green, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland’s Damian Lillard.
On the third team, there’s Paul George of Indiana, LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio, Andre Drummond of Detroit, Klay Thompson of Golden State and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.