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What you need to know about 2011-2012

Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:00 am
Edited on: November 28, 2011 11:49 am
By Matt Moore 

The season is saved, long live the season. With that, we thought we'd give you a run down on where everything is at with regards to the season that will most likely be. 

How did we get here?

Do you mean how did the season get saved or how did we lose so much of it in the first place? The answer to the latter is a simple "greed." The owners wanted not only to make up for their losses, but to make a point to the players about who's in charge of this league and control the players' ability to team up and form "super teams." They accomplished their goal for the most part.

As to how the season was saved, David Stern got the owners to move back on a half-dozen issues systemically while gifting the players an extra 1.2 percent of BRI. That differential was enough for the players' leadership, who saw an opportunity to save some face after getting clocked for five months on the financial, litigous, and PR fronts.

That lead toa handshake deal that has lead everyone to believe there will be a 2011-2012 season.

Next steps

As we outlined in the FAQ, there's still a very small chance this thing falls through. Currently the league and the players' reps are negotiating what have been termed the "B-issues." If any of those B-issues suddenly become A-issues, one side or the other could walk away from the handshake deal. Those issues include the age limit, the use of the D-League, and drug testing policies. These are not issues that the players are apathetic towards. They're simply not nearly as important as the money and system issues already resolved.

It's expected that the issues will be resolved through negotiation sometime between Monday and Wednesday. Then the NBPA will reform as a union, which to do so all they have to do is say they are. Then they'll vote on the deal. The league will take its offer to the Board of Governors' Labor Relations Committee, who has driven this horse, and get their approval. From there the vote goes to the entire Board of Governors, where a simple majority is needed to approve. The league only needs 15 owners to approve the deal, as New Orleans will likely either abstain or be counted with the majority.

The reality is that this deal would not have been agreed to by either side if there was a legitimate chance of it failing in a vote, but it is unlikely there will be unanimous votes on either side.

The schedule

Well, we're having one, so that's nice. It's going to be a 66 game season, with 48 in-conference games and 16 out-of-conference games. It's going to be rushed, it's going to be super compact, it's going to be ugly. The league is pushing the end of the regular season (and subsequently the start of the playoffs) by two weeks. There will be back-to-back-to-back games. Yikes. For more on the schedule, check out our post on the leaked details. Training camp will start December 9th, then there will be two preseason games and then the season opens on Christmas Day. 

Free agency and roster upgrades

For starters, check out our top 40 free agents, that'll give you a good idea of who's available. The Pacers, Nets, and Rockets look to be big spenders in a weak class, but there are some interesting wrinkles. The New York Times reports that teams could be hesitant to use their amnesty clauses this season. Those that do however, will be putting big contracts up for grabs. Teams can claim all or part of the contract from the original team, but only if they are under the cap. So if the Kings feel like they just have to have Baron Davis... but it's unlikely.

The major changes to the salary and tax structure don't take place until 2013, so your favorite big-market teams will still have an opportunity to add to their rosters using the Mid-Level Exception.

Teams will be hording space for 2012, though, in what will be the dominant story of the year... next year's free agency class which features Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, and Chris Paul. It should be noted the new CBA does allow for extend-and-trades so those players could force their way out sooner, but the extend-and-trade can only be for three years, not the full five years allowed for Bird rights. The only way around this would be to agree to a trade six months prior to the date the player could be traded, in which case the original team could extend the player for the full five years, then trade him six months later. That's never, ever going to happen due to the number of things that could occur in that span of time.

The European Connection

There are a number of players playing overseas during the lockout. Those players have already started to come back, with Deron Williams among others already flying back. Others will not be joining us. Marginal players like Acie Law, Joey Dorsey, and others have no opt-out clause in their contract and will finish the season overseas, barring a release. There is much speculation that Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith, and Kenyon Martin will have to finish their seasons in China due to the ban on opt-out clauses by the CBA. But the most likely scenario is those players simply being released and making their way back to the states. Do you really think any of those players is missing out on NBA money? Martin may stay, as his NBA career is nearly at its end. 

Some reminders

Andrew Bynum will miss the first five games of the season due to suspsension for jacking J.J. Barea.

Charlie Villanueva is also suspended four games for a fight at the end of last season.

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 4:10 pm

What you need to know about 2011-2012

The fans have been left out of the equation in this entire process. NBA owners should consider lowering ticket prices for this shortened season. Teams could set aside, say, 500 tickets a game for under $20. This would allow people who can't afford the ticket price of games to come out and see the contests, and would be a sign of goodwill on the part of the league's teams. History is on the NBA's side here. The National Hockey League lowered some ticket prices several years ago after coming back from its strike. And it found that attendance did start to come back. So the future could be bright again for professional basketball.

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:00 pm

What you need to know about 2011-2012

This article can be titled "BLAH BLAH BLAH"

I want important basketball articles - not a summary of garbage.

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:44 pm

What you need to know about 2011-2012

the announcement the NBA strike was all but over was practically an afterthought.  That ought to tell Stern and the players something...America's fans are about MLB and the NFL
Nice support to your claims, especially the last part there. Some Americans would rather eat a Brillo pad than watch a full MLB game, so it's a stretch to say we're "all about" MLB too. Also a stretch to call the NBA's news an afterthought over the weekend when it was front and center on major websites Saturday.

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:51 pm

What you need to know about 2011-2012

why comment on something you don't care about?   other wise, Greed is one of the 7 deadly is not a sin because I or anyone else says is a sin because it always self destructs

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:51 pm

What you need to know about 2011-2012

The owners talked about competative balance and shorter contracts.    How are the small clubs going to compete in the future?   Will Oklahomas City, New Orleans and Memphis have a chance at keeping their talent?    Will the have nots of the LA Clippers, Washington Wizards, Portland, Philadelphia, Golden State, etc have a reasonable chance to get better.    The smallest market in the NFL won a Super Bowl last year, has a best record this year and things are great for the whole league.  New Orleans, Pittsburg and Indianapolis are also among the smallest cities in the league and recently won championships.    Other sports need to learn from that.  

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:35 pm

What you need to know about 2011-2012

The B.S. is so high here you need a ladder to breathe.

Sometimes, less is more...and there WILL be less NBA this year, but it's MORE of the same.

First of all, the NBA lockout was CAUSED by owners original mistake of overpaying players, and giving them too much control, further aggrivating an already diminished "competitive balance". The NBA had no choice but to try to regain a profit margin, contract severely, or fold.

Owners renegotiating a $300 million/year loss so they can break even at worst, and hopefully make a profit, isn't called GREED, it's called STAYING IN BUSINESS.

Players, specifically the elitely paid ones (and their agents), and their incompetent NBPA representatives, were the cause of the CONTINUED lockout and inability to sign a no-brainer agreement for almost 5 months. They still hold far too much control over where they will and won't play for the NBA to be truly healthy, or competitive.  

What the players "lost" in the proposed CBA is approximately the $300 million per year in salary the NBA was losing...The actual per-player share of that amounts to about 3 games salary for max contract players and less than a dozen games pay for the average NBA goon making $5.5 mil/ the math says the players have already lost more in cancelled games due to stalling, than the NBA needed back from them to begin with.

Players would have made more money if they would have traded the "STAND" T-shirts for ones that said "SIGN" and went back to work on time, but Billy Hunter either couldn't do the math, or allow his clients (players) that could, to vote.


Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:00 pm

What you need to know about 2011-2012

What do you expect them to do? Would you rather pay for more preseason games?  I am simply tired of hearing people talk about the owners greed as if the players are not greedy.  Everyone in the world who owns a business must be greedy, otherwise they will miss out on the potential to make as much money as possible. 

Oh and my other pet peeve; the owners have been labled as plantation owners for some reason... as if every company in the world does not dictate how much you will make for working for "their company" and also set guidelines on how you must behave and dress.  Give me a break!

Ok, im dont venting for now.  Thanks haha     

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:56 am

What you need to know about 2011-2012

Cheated again. Only greedy oweners and players would still try a squeeze in a 66 game schedule.With no exhibitions or training camps this will be bad Basketball.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:08 am

What you need to know about 2011-2012

Completely agree with AES!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:30 pm

What you need to know about 2011-2012

Snore...who cares???  GO RENO BIGHORNS!!!

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