The NBA lockout is headed toward what looks to be either a compromise in the next couple of days or a worst-case scenario, at least as far as this season is concerned, as the players continue to mull decertification. Decertification would likely end any hope of a 2011-12 season as the players and owners enter the court room, but it also could have other serious consequences.
The biggest consequence of decertifying the union, if NBA Commissioner isn't bluffing, would be all current NBA contracts then be voided. Stern, who brought this up very early in the talks, mentioned this again in his latest press conference.
"If the union is not in existence, then neither are 4 billion dollars worth of guaranteed contracts that are entered into under condition that there's a union, Stern said. "So if the agents insist on playing with fire, my guess is that they would get themselves burned."
If decertification does happen -- and it could as soon as Monday -- things are bound to get ugly. Unfortunately it might also be the only way for the players to get a fairer deal.