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Stern surveying owners on mid-level exception?

Posted on: November 23, 2011 6:52 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 6:55 pm
Posted by Royce Young

A lot of people have had a hard time believing that an NBA season could truly be lost over things so minor as mid-level exceptions and the luxury tax. I think you can add David Stern to that group of people.

According to, Stern has been privately calling owners to "gauge willingness to making full mid-level exception open to all teams." That certainly does sound like earth-shattering stuff, but considering that this is exactly the type of thing these labor talks are stalled on, that could potentially be huge.

The league's most recent (public) offer included a "mini mid-level" for teams over the tax limit starting at $3 million per season with a max term of three years. The agreement was that the full mid-level would be available to all teams over the cap, but under the tax threshold, with a starting salary of $5 million and alternating terms of three and four years.

Seems very minor, but these are the types of things the players have decided to make a stand on. And if the league will start to concede some of these system issues, the path to a deal could finally start to clear again.
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Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:23 pm

Stern surveying owners on mid-level exception?

In terms of my willingness to believe anything that comes out of the mouth(s) of either side (or the blessed/beloved media, for that matter) regarding getting a deal done, there are a number of appropriate axioms. Allow me to list just a few:

1. Put up or shut up.

2. Crap or get off the pot.

3. Walk the walk or stop the talk.

Man, I'm so sick of hearing about how a deal is so close, imminent, etc. Somebody call me after the first game tips off, and THEN I'll be a believer. Until then, take your pick from above. 

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