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NBA says it could void all existing contracts

Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:57 pm
By Matt Moore 

There's been a quiet response to all the decertification talk this weekend, and in a fairly embarrassing Twitterview, the NBA presented it front and center Sunday night. The league has given the players a choice between a proposal they obviously find unacceptable, and even worse deal which will be the owners' new starting point for negotiations should the players reject the current offer. In response, the players have pushed even closer to decertification or potentially a disclaim of interest to dissolve the union and pursue antitrust lawsuits against the league.  The league has answered every move the players have tried to make. So their response to the threat of decertification?

They will pursue voiding all existing contracts.

It's not as simple as just saying "your contracts are void," there's a legal process. It involves the suit currently filed by the league against the players which they filed months ago, and even if that didn't go through, they'd file again post-decertification in pursuit of the same goal. It's a complex, and messy situation that could take years to resolve if it came to that. But much like decertification, it works better as a threat than as a legitimate weapon. 

If you're a max player, say, Carlos Boozer, and you just landed that last big contract to set you up guaranteed for the next four seasons, and the league says it can nullify that contract and set you back, how do you consider the proposal tomorrow as player reps meet in New York? If you're Joe Johnson, and you know there's no freaking way you get the deal you got in 2010 in a wide-open free agency, how do you respond? Every player earning more than he probably would in an open market would pause. Yes, you have your Derrick Rose's, your Blake Griffins, but there are far more players playing on longer-term contracts with considerable value than there are young players bucking for an open market.

And the threat works both ways for the owners. If you're Donald Sterling, how do you feel about the idea that Blake Griffin could be a free agent? Or Clay Bennett with Kevin Durant? How about Ted Leonsis and John Wall? But still, much like the CBA debate itself, it's not about the stars, it's about the rank and file guys, and those guys would be devasteated financially to lose their current contracts, especially if they also lose the ability to negotiate a guaranteed contract in the next agreement. 

It's a hefty threat, the kind of nuclear weapon for the owners that decertification is for the players. Both sides continue to get closer to the button and there appears to be no cooler head to walk things back.  

Since: Oct 4, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:32 am

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

Great!!!  Void all contracts, fold the league, and start handing out the UPS job applications.

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:18 am

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

Here's what would be the most entertaining:  Every team must spend $50 million dollars and no more on their full roster.  Everyone's names get put in a giant Dr. Suess hat.  On national television, each owner takes his turn and walks up to the podium.  He chooses 15 names out of the hat.  It could be the 15 worst players in the league or he could get lucky and pick the 15 best.  Once he gets his team, he figures out how to divide the $50 million.  Chances are, each team would have two or three really good players.  So the owners would get punished with this arrangement (there's a good chance they would have a sucky team) and the players would get punished (there's a good chance they would get paid less and they could also be the only good player on their team).  We as the fans are the winners.  Who wouldn't want to watch a game where the best player on the floor is Brian Scalabrine?  I really think this idea has some traction.

Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:12 am

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

Who cares about how owners have prepared for the worst. This is about the power of money.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:31 am

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

You mean the owners or the players?

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:03 am

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

Just fold the whole freakin league. I'm so sick of all these babies. Some people have to actually "work" for a living and these princesses are unhappy with an average of $5 mill for 82 games!!!  we'll see how these financial brains do after not getting a check for a couple of months and the blinged out Benz start getting reposessed.  LOL

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:38 pm

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

You couldn't have said it better.

Since: Jun 16, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:39 pm

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

The NBA has become to greedy on both sides. I watch some NBA games but I really won't miss it if it goes away. I think a lot of people feel this way. Only rich people actually go to a lot of games unlike Baseball and NFL where the average person still go to  a lot of games. Let the NBA go away and see how little it's missed College basketball is 100% better and you don't have to watch all the crybabys and EGO's disrespect the officials. If that the message we really want our young kids to see. Without the NBA all those players that basically got a free ride through High School and college will be taking your orders at McDonald's since they decided not to finish school and get a degree. At least the annual picnic for McDonald's will have one hell of a pickup game.

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:13 pm

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

They already moved to void all the contracts... RISKED and PLANNED. MONTHS ago!

Look to MLS in the US and see what may happen in the near near... ok 2-5 years.

Flock to Europe..... LOL please look at how the system in Europe runs for basketball. It is not Football (soccer for you US guys/gals). Been there and seen that product... not the same and the money is drying up... Europe economy is in dire straights.

50:50 for a bunch of guys who need to have some idea of what it costs. Jordan... give them 47% or less.... one of the best if not the best NBA player of all time??????

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:30 pm

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

If this goes into next year, college basketball has everything to gain from this because more players like this year are going to want to stay in school because of the mess the NBA has created.  For those that stayed at school this year instead of getting dragged into this mess, smart move by them.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:09 pm

NBA says it could void all existing contracts

If you need proof to who has the better lawyers, the owners filed an injuction months ago in anticipation of this.  Naturally, they have thought this out for the past year or so and have a very comprehensive plan of action in place, as anyone would that was running a buisness.  I wonder how thought out this is on the players side.  Guessing not so much.

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