NBA talks continue into deadline


NBA talks continue into deadline

NEW YORK -- The NBA and the NBA Players Association will continue to negotiate leading up to the 5 p.m. deadline established by NBA Commissioner David Stern for the union to accept the league's latest proposal.

After meeting for about four hours on Tuesday, the NBAPA announced that it would turn down the owner's proposal, but wanted to continue negotiating. NBAPA Executive Director Billy Hunter placed a call to Stern, who in turn consulted with the league's Labor Relations Committee.

They gave Stern the go-ahead to continue negotiating with the union, although it's unclear what, if any, conditions were set for the latest bargaining session which will begin later this afternoon in New York City.

Following the last bargaining session, which ended early Sunday morning, Stern said the current offer would be off the table if the union did not accept it by 5 p.m. today.

The union was given the go-ahead to continue negotiating the economics of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which likely means that they will accept a 50-50 split of the Basketball-Related Income. However, that would involve the owners making some concessions on some of the union's system-related concerns.

Following Tuesday's meeting, union leaders indicated some of their system-related concerns included length of mid-level contracts; tax-paying teams having the ability to use the full mid-level exception; sign-and-trades and escrow funds.

In an interview with NBA-TV on Tuesday, Stern said that there was "none left" when asked if there was still wiggle room on system-related issues.

But apparently, that's not the case if he's meeting with the union one more time before his self-imposed take-it-or-it'll-get-worst deadline to get the current offer on the table, agreed upon.

Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics made one more roster move on Friday, but not the one many were anticipating.

Instead of trimming the training camp roster down to 15 players, the Celtics expanded it by signing Ryan Kelly.

The 6-foot-11 forward appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the preseason, averaging 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

A former second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013, Kelly has appeared in 147 games with career averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Boston already has a stacked roster at the power forward/center position, which is why they decided to waive second round pick and former Providence College star Ben Bentil earlier on Friday.

The addition of Kelly, on the surface at least, doesn't make a lot of sense.

But the Celtics are trying to build a team for the present while keeping an eye on the future.

When the Celtics waived Bentil, they did so with the knowledge that he was unlikely to sign with their Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

But with Kelly, the veteran big man will likely wind up with the Red Claws which will allow the Celtics to get a closer look at him without impacting their roster status which is currently at 16, one above the league-maximum.

The final roster spot will come down to James Young and R.J. Hunter. The Celtics have until 5 p.m. Monday to make a decision, a decision that team officials have repeatedly said in recent days will come down to the wire.