Ken Berger of CBS Sports continued his exceptional NBA lockout coverage on Wednesday by revealing some numbers that, per a front office executive with an unnamed team, purport to show what players would lose if NBA commissioner David Stern goes through with his threat to cancel the first two weeks of the regular season if a deal isn't reached by Monday.
The aggregate comes out to about $200 million in lost salary for players.
To figure out how much farther each side will go, you have to quantify how much they would lose by canceling the first two weeks of the regular season. For the players, it's $200 million -- $140.6 million for the 301 players under contract, plus an estimated $53.7 million for the 129 free agents, $4.4 million for the 30 first-round picks and $1.2 million for the 30 second-round picks, based on calculations provided by a front office executive.
Berger uses this plank to launch into his belief of how a deal will eventually come down in the 11th hour with the deal point on players' share of salary coming in between 51 and 52 percent.