View Full Version : Non-guaranteeds the trend of the future? Maybe contributing to a 2011 lockout?

09-27-2009, 02:28 AM
Are non-guaranteed contracts really on the increase, and if so is this a new trend in the NBA that will stick into the future?

And how will the players react? Will it be a factor that throws a wrench in the CBA negotiating process and leads to a lockout?

Teams Might Remain Stingy in Handing Out Guaranteed Contracts
By Chris Tomasson

In this faltering economy, there are have been lots of good deals. Low-interest car loans. Double frequent-flyer miles. A cheaper menu at Quiznos.

Many good deals won't last. But some in the NBA might.

Everybody knows about NBA salaries having spiraled out of control the past few decades. Owners are determined to reel them in, which is why there's a decent chance there will be a lockout after the 2010-11 season.

For now, there's already been a very noticeable league trend. And perhaps it's something that will having staying power.

In the old days, average five points and you'd be almost assured of being handed a guaranteed contract. Maybe a multi-year one.

But no longer. Consider all the decent NBA free agents who couldn't get even a guaranteed minimum contract this summer.

Rashad McCants settled for a make-good deal in Houston. So did Desmond Mason in Sacramento and Joey Graham in Denver. Ime Udoka couldn't get a fully guaranteed deal with Portland.

Perhaps this is a trend that will remain in the NBA. While obviously...

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Second NBA lockout could be on horizon
By Chris Tomasson


The NBA has to decide by Dec. 15, 2010, whether to extend the collective-bargaining agreement through the 2011-12 season. If not extended, it expires June 30, 2011.

With the economy in shambles, teams are watching profits fall off faster than Allen Iverson's game. When they have a chance, NBA owners are expected to want to continue to reel in bloating salaries and try to steer the NBA closer toward a hard salary cap.

"If the economy doesn't turn in two years, there's definitely going to be a lockout because everybody is taking a hit in this recession," [Bobby] Jackson said. "The owners are definitely going to want to make some cutbacks, and the players aren't going to want to make the cutbacks.

"But I think we have to put our differences aside and say what's best, and that's playing this game and giving fans what they want and not being selfish."

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