Stern hints at NBA-less Christmas without deal soon

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Stern hints at NBA-less Christmas without deal soon

Having the first two weeks of the NBA season wiped out is one thing.

But now Christmas games, too?

NBA commissioner David Stern told WFAN-AM that unless a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is nailed down soon, look for more cancellations next week.

Next week, the NBA and the players union will meet with a George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Cohen was brought in to help bring about an end to the NFL's lockout several weeks before the two sides came to terms on a new CBA.

There's no way to tell if Cohen's impact will bring about a similar result with the NBA.

After meeting with the mediator, Stern said he would meet with the players union on Tuesday with his owners in town for meetings Wednesday and Thursday.

Stern is hoping to be able to have at least the framework for a new deal to present to his owners this week, well aware that time to salvage this season is running out.

"We will have lost two weeks for sure on our way to losing more games," Stern said. "Offers will get worse, possibly on both sides, and the deal's going to slip away from us, as may the season. So this is the time to make a deal."

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

With all attention focused on overtaking the Cavs for the No. 1 seed in the East, the offseason -- trades, the draft, free agency -- is on the backburner in Celtics Nation these days.

But that pot's still simmering,

And it began to boil a little today when Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, in the middle of a story on the Clippers being at a crossroad, threw a little accelerant on that old Blake Griffin-to-Boston flame . . .

But more and more people around the league believe he would be open to a fresh start — perhaps with the Lakers or the Boston Celtics, who have coveted Griffin for years and would offer a new chance to win. The most intriguing fit might be if he were to go home to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, but his interests in the entertainment industry make staying in Los Angeles a priority.

Not much of a thread to grab there. But that didn't prevent cbssports.com's James Herbert from looking into it . . .  

Jumping to another contender on a max contract might not be simple. As CelticsBlog’s Keith P. Smith pointed out, Boston would have to dump Terry Rozier, waive Tyler Zeller and renounce all its free agents, including Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson, in order to even get near the amount of cap room that would be required to offer Griffin or someone like Gordon Hayward a max deal. 

Then again, Herbert says the Lakers and Thunder, Griffin's supposed other two destination spots, are even less financially flexible than the C's.

For now, it's all just a temporary diversion from the battle for No. 1.

It's also a reminder, though, that a whole new season -- the offseason -- is just around the corner.

5 reasons the Celtics will get the No. 1 seed

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5 reasons the Celtics will get the No. 1 seed

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