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The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement is set to expire and commissioner David Stern has already made his stance perfectly clear. He wants shorter contracts and less guaranteed money.From the New York Times:
In a session with New York reporters, he said he wanted the sides to “come up with a system where teams are not doomed by their past mistakes for inordinate lengths of time, so the fans can have hope.”
Stern declined to offer specific mechanisms but mentioned “shorter contracts or less guaranteed money” as potential solutions. The union will resist both measures.
Resist both measures they will. This dispute could go well in to the summer, as there is no precedent for players foregoing guaranteed money.
The superstar most affected by this change will certainly be Carmelo Anthony. While this offseason saw LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, and Amar’e Stoudemire cash in on their stardom, Anthony still has one year left on his existing contract.
His current team, the Denver Nuggets, formally offered the forward a three-year, $65 million dollar contract in June. Anthony hasn’t accepted it, and wild trade rumours have emerged as a result. Many believe Anthony really wants to team with pal Stoudemire and play for the New York Knicks.
If he doesn’t sign some contract–either with the Nuggets or via a sign-and-trade–Anthony will likely fall victim to the new salary structure expected in the upcoming player-owner agreement. A similar deal, with nearly $22 million guaranteed annually, would be inconceivable.
Almost as inconceivable as winning a ring with the Knicks.
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