NBA Lockout Talks Have Included Salary Rollback Proposal, According To Report

Ken Berger of CBS Sports has covered the NBA lockout like a fire blanket, and he's got quite an interesting nugget in the aftermath of Wednesday's talks: part of the league's conceptual proposal offered on Tuesday included salary rollbacks for players under contract.

Needless to say, this is a controversial concept. The rationale Berger presents is that major decreases in the players' share of revenue going forward that are likely to be a part of a new collective bargaining agreement will unfairly impact stars just coming up for free agency, like Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose. Players who have already locked in long-term contracts would be relatively safe from the new economics for a few years at least.

To make it more equitable across all players -- locked-up stars and pending free agents alike -- existing contracts would be docked a certain percentage while the cuts are phased. Rob LeBron James to pay Chris Paul, in other words. It does not appear that this concept went over very well; Berger reports that union officials deemed the idea "alarming" on Tuesday.

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