Scott in Santa Barbara, CA:
Are teams discussing trades now or does all basketball talk have to wait until after the lockout?
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There's no basketball activity right now. Not on a player level - not on a GM level.
Teams don't have a basic framework to discuss trades. Every single deal is illegal right now.
Everything sadly has to just wait in this limbo until the owners and players get their act together. I understand that the owners' aren't profitable on a whole and thus they feel like of the 43% piece of the pie they get of basketball related income - they keep less than zero of it.
From their perspective collectively it's a 57% split to players, 43%+ to expenses.
The players want to argue how some of those numbers are interpreted and I agree that we're dealing with a worst case presentation of the accounting.
Still, the owners are not profiting and they need to lock in some level of positive cash flow in this new deal. I think they're taking it way, way too far but the players are compensated like it's pre-recession and that's not realistic. Who in this economy is getting 8-10.5% raises each year? Income has been flat or declining for some time now.
The system needs a reboot and both sides need to compromise. The players think they've given enough. They haven't. The owners are asking for too much and need to step into the middle - but won't until the players give more.
It's a mess. Sigh. And worst of all - to me - is that it hits me in my pocket in what I need to support my family.
I don't mind it as it is for a couple of months but it actually endangers the season, that's a problem.
Hopefully cooler heads will prevail but I waver between hopeful to skeptical that it will be resolved any time soon.
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