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NBA Players, Owners Closing in on New CBA

It seems that the NBA’s players and owners are closing in on a new collective bargaining agreement. Here’s what we know.

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In recent weeks, there has plenty of optimism from both the players and owners as the two sides meet to discuss the new collective bargaining agreement. After a Wednesday meeting that yielded a number of updates, it appears a new CBA is very close to being finalized.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that the two sides have agreed to keep the same split of the NBA’s Basketball Related Income (BRI). In the current CBA, players receive a share in the range of 49 to 51 percent of the current BRI and it appears that will remain unchanged.

Other news to come out of today’s meeting is that the one-and-done rule is likely staying in the new CBA. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has made it clear that he wants players to wait two years after graduating high school before entering the NBA (and the players would like to get rid of the age limit altogether), but it appears the two sides will keep the existing age restriction in place, according to Wojnarowski.

Also: “The NBA will raise rookie-scale, veteran minimum and free-agent exception deals in the new agreement, league sources said. Rises in those salaries could come in the 50 percent range over current numbers,” Wojnarowski writes.

As the two sides continue to meet, we’ll get a better idea of what the NBA’s new CBA will look like.

What’s becoming clear is that neither side wants to miss any games as a result of a work stoppage, and it seems likely that a new CBA could be agreed upon in the coming weeks – ahead of December’s opt-out deadline.

Recently, Basketball Insiders’ Eric Pincus wrote about several issues that need to be addressed in the league’s new CBA. If you’re curious what else might be in the new deal, check out his article here.

 

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Source: Markieff Morris Expected to Miss a Month

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Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris is expected to miss approximately one month following surgery for a sports hernia, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Morris had participated in his normal offseason workout routine before experiencing pain late in the summer. The surgery’s delay, according to the Washington Post, is a result of an ongoing aggravated assault trial involving his twin brother Marcus Morris, as well as other family obligations.

Morris, 28, averaged 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season for a Wizards team that fell one game shy of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.

Source: ESPN

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Joel Embiid Yet to be Cleared for 5-on-5 Drills

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76ers center Joel Embiid has not been cleared for 5-on-5 drills, and the team will take a cautious approach in his return from his injured left knee.

Embiid’s career has been riddled with injuries, and he missed his first two NBA seasons. Embiid played only 31 games last season and had surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Team president Bryan Colangelo and coach Brett Brown said Wednesday the team will soon decide how to handle his playing time when training camp opens next week.

“If you walk in the gym, it looks like he could play 5-on-5 basketball,” Colangelo said. “But we’re going to take our cues from the people who know best.”

According to Colangelo, those people favor a “hyperconservative progression” for Embiid.

“Will he be ramping that up throughout the preseason?” Colangelo said. “Yes. How many games, we’re not certain. Is it every game? We don’t know. That will be based on what we’re told.”

Source: ESPN

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Reggie Jackson: ‘No setbacks’ with Left Knee

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Reggie Jackson thinks his left knee is fine.

But the Detroit Pistons point guard looking for a bounce-back season won’t know for sure until he’s getting up and down the floor with ease when the season starts a little less than a month from now.

But after the trials of last season, Jackson is confident that after an off-season geared toward doing a better job of managing the chronic case of tendinitis, he is back to normal.

“With my knee, I’m feeling good. With the health of it, I’m feeling great. I just got to do the best I can to take care of it. The team is doing a great job of monitoring it. I’ve had no setbacks. I’m on pace, which is to be ready by training camp.”

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