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.

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Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

BOSTON – If you believe what Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are saying, then the former UConn star will not be on the move prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ESTtrade deadline.

Drummond, whose social media posts on Monday and later Tuesday morning only perpetuated the belief that he might be traded to Boston, addressed the trade speculation surrounding him after the Piston’s practice on Tuesday.

“What’s that got to do with my team?” he told reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors.”

Drummond was then reminded of the eyeballs emoji he posted Tuesday morning, which came less than 24 hours after he re-tweeted Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ eyeballs emoji – a similar posting to what Thomas did around the time Boston landed Al Horford last summer.

So as fans and media tried to piece the tweets together like they were clues to a Jessica Fletcher mystery, Drummond did his best to splash cold water on the trade talk on Tuesday.

“I’m a grown man,” he said. “I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”

Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about the Pistons having conversations with several teams about all their players.

“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters following the team’s practice on Tuesday. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre.

Van Gundy added, “The rumors don’t mean anything to me. One of you (media) guys asked me over the weekend how far along the D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green trade for Reggie was. The first time I heard about it was when I got that text, so I would assume not that far. I usually can just laugh it off, but it gets a little annoying.”