The NBA's ultimatum on their current offer to end the NBA lockout has seemingly accelerated the splinting of the NBA Players Association. There's been noise that several players want to take the deal the owners presented, and now, one relatively prominent player has gone on the record saying so in a big way.
Houston Rockets guard Kevin Martin, one of the better shooting guards in the league, emphatically stated that the players should take the current deal in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick.
"If you know for sure [the owners] are not moving, then you take the best deal possible," Martin wrote in a text message to SI.com. "We are risking losing 20 to 25 percent of missed games that we'll never get back, all over 2 percent [of basketball-related income] over an eight- to 10-year period [of the eventual collective bargaining agreement]. And let's be honest: 60 to 70 percent of players won't even be in the league when the next CBA comes around."
Martin's point of view is supported by Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake, who is trying to drum up support for a league vote, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. However, according to Wojnarowski, there is still a lot of support for rejecting the offer as presented.