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.
The Boston Celtics are used to this playing without a key starter thing, so tonight’s game at Orlando won’t be all that different than most of their games this season.
Isaiah Thomas will not play tonight against the Magic due to a right groin injury he suffered in Monday’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
Thomas flew back to Boston Tuesday night.
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters he is leaning towards having Marcus Smart, who filled in earlier for an injured Jae Crowder, start in place of Thomas.
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Rockets game, but Thomas continued to play on as he knocked down a 3-point shot just moments after he first began grimacing while holding the groin.
Following the loss, Thomas acknowledged the injury did bother him for the rest of the game as he finished with 20 points on 7-for-18 shooting.
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” Thomas told reporters. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
Thomas, who was named to his first all-star team last season, has been even more dynamic offensively this year.
He leads the Celtics with a career-high 26 points per game and has been ranked among the NBA’s top 10 scorers most of this season.
It is too soon to tell if the injury will sideline him for one game, or whether he’ll be out for an extended period of time.
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