With the lockout pretty much ending, there are a lot of questions. And not just from us as in fans and media, but players too. What did they agree to? What's the deal? When do they play? When do they vote?
Billy Hunter attempted to answer a lot of that with a memo sent out Saturday night, via ESPN.com:
As you have no doubt heard, early this morning, we reached a tentative agreement to settle the Anthony lawsuit. My best wishes and congratulations to all the players and everyone involved in this action.It's complicated: There isn't a new collective Bargaining Agreement yet, but instead a settlement, since this was taken to the courts. Hunter then point-by-point listing out the major issues involved in the settlement. He started with Basketball Related Income, actually noting that the players first cut of BRI in 2011-12 with be 51.2 percent, which has to sound pretty slick to the players.
The settlement will be conditioned on reforming a union and executing a CBA by December 9. Training camps are tentatively scheduled to open and free agent signings are tentatively scheduled to begin on December 9, with the season opening on Christmas day.
We will be sending out formal correspondence in the coming days describing the terms of the agreement and the upcoming processes, but for now, you should have a quick understanding of why we reached this agreement. I have prepared a quick list that sets forth all the changes that the owners agreed to as part of the settlement since a week ago Monday, the day the player reps voted to disclaim the NBPA's status as the players' collective bargaining representative. We will follow later with an overview of the general gains players achieved in this settlement.
Then he lists 11 points about the system details. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has all of those here as well, but you can be sure that Hunter makes them sound like pretty good wins for the players in his memo.
He closes with this:
The above points will be incorporated into a litigation settlement agreement early this week. The NBPA will then re-form as a union, and negotiations may take place on various other CBA issues. The players will then vote to ratify a new CBA.So the gameplan is this: The "deal" becomes an official settlement, then the NBPA re-forms as a union and then more negotiations happens which will include the so-called "b-list" issue things. Then players will vote to ratify a new CBA and then, if is passes, which it will, the doors of the NBA will open once again.
I will update you on further logistics over the next few days. Thank you everyone for your support and best regards.
How long will all of this take? Probably a week. Because as David Stern has already said, training camps and free agency get going Dec. 9.