The NBA followed up on a recent promise to deliver a new labor proposal to the league's players' union, report Chris Sheridan and Chris Broussard of ESPN.com. But the union isn't exactly pleased with what they see. Union president and Lakers point guard Derek Fisher told the reporters that the league's proposal looks too similar to the NBA's last offer.
The report suggests that the NBA has maintained its quest for salary rollbacks, a hard cap and a serious restructuring of player-team revenue splits, but that the new proposal would phase the changes in over two seasons. The union has expressed a willingness to negotiate down the current 57-percent share of revenue players are guaranteed, but rollbacks on current contracts are not believed to be on the table.
As it stands, the league and union have until June 30 to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. If not, we could see the league lock out the players on July 1, delaying free agency and killing Vegas Summer League. The union could then decertify and take the battle to the courts, as has happened in the NFL.