Posted on: July 27, 2010 9:19 am

Jamal Crawford would like some more, thanks

Posted by Matt Moore

Hey look, Jamal Crawford was polite. He waited till the ink was dry on Joe Johnson's new max contract before making it clear he wants more money over more years.

ESPN.com's Chris Broussard reports that Crawford has contacted Hawks management and informed them he wants a contract extension before his contract expires next year. Crawford, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, was an integral part of the Hawks' success last season, which despite its dismal ending against the Magic, had the Hawks make the playoffs as the third seed, and sweep the Boston Celtics in regular season play. Crawford provided a dynamic scorer off the bench that overwhelmed opponents after they had exhausted personnel and schemes on containing Joe Johnson.

This move is likely one of the first of a series of extension requests that should come over the next few months. With the CBA negotiations in full lockdown, and a lockout an unavoidable eventuality, players will be wanting to avoid the stricter salary restrictions that will accompany the new agreement. As such, these kinds of requests should become the norm over the next few months.

The problem, of course, is that the Hawks have just given Joe Johnson a max contract, and along with all their other players, face a strict cap situation regardless of how the CBA works out. This is on top of the fact that Al Horford will need either an extension or re-signing at the end of his rookie contract. With Horford sharing Johnson's agent, Arn Tellem, and with him being an All-Star, there's a good chance the Hawks may not be able to commit the money to Crawford. This is what happens when you choose to spend the boat on the nicest oar onboard.

Posted on: July 19, 2010 12:54 pm

NBAPA filing collusion charges against league?

Posted by Royce Young

If you didn't think the relationship between the league and its players was already strained, then sit right down and take a sniff at this story today from Sports Business Journal .

Basically, the Players' Association is strongly considered filing charges against the league and the owners. Why? Last summer the NBA was telling teams that basketball revenue was dropping dramatically and that would mean a cut in the salary cap this year. The league projected the cap could drop below $51 million, but more likely settle in the $53 million range, down from the $57.7 million it was this season.

Where did it land? Up at $58.1 million. That means basketball revenue went up last season. That means the players feel like they were duped by the league. Would the league release low cap projection numbers in an effort to pull down the amount teams could spend on salaries? The players are sort of thinking so. Hence the potential charges.

Last week in Vegas, David Stern said the league lost $370 million. Yet, the NBA recorded all-time highs in revenue. Of course the league credits slashes in ticket prices and merchandise costs, plus other clever ideas to push through the recession.

Then there are things like the recent sale of the Warriors, where a team was purchased for more money than in league history. Players like Nick Collison see that as fishy business. He tweeted :
"Warriors sold 4record 450 million after being bought for119. if nba is "broken" why are teams always sold 4profit? ... Also is the appreciation of the franchises when sold (warriors, Suns, sonics etc) factored into the 400 million loss claim??...no ... My point is these very smart businessmen would not continue to invest is a failing system paying record numbers team after team."
A fair point indeed. All signs point point to the league thriving. But what we keep hearing is that money is flying out by the truckload.

Owners want shorter non-guaranteed contracts. Players want longer, guaranteed contracts. The league says it's losing money. The players see how revenue is at an all-time high. We keep hearing the two sides couldn't be farther apart. And at this point, I'd say they're about as far as east is from west. Right now, there's no avoiding a lockout it seems. Unless something dramatically happens, next summer probably won't be as fun as this one.
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