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There are 17 topics in the memo, including how teams paying a luxury tax cannot acquire free agents in sign-and-trade deals after the 2012-13 season. One of the key points comes on Page 5, where the NBA says “there will be no limitations on a player’s ability to receive 100% guaranteed salary in all seasons of a contract.”
Players have repeatedly said they will reject any deal without guaranteed contracts.
“I’m going to sit down take a look at the deal and analyze it,” Minnesota player rep Anthony Tolliver said Sunday, the lockout’s 136th day. “Not like it’s the first offer or the last offer, but just as one where I’ll say `Would I or my teammates want to play under these conditions?’”
_The union will choose between accepting either a 50-50 split of BRI or a band where they may receive between 49 percent and 51 percent, depending on economic projections;
_All teams may still use a mid-level exception, though rules vary on whether a franchise is above or below the luxury-tax level;
_Minimum team payrolls would be at least 85 percent of the salary cap in 2011-12 and 2012-13, and 90 percent starting in 2013-14;
_Luxury tax rates would rise after the third year of the deal;
_Maximum contract lengths would not exceed five years, and annual raises would be cut significantly to a maximum of 6.5 percent;
_There would be an “amnesty” provision where a team may waive one player before any season, if that player was under contract at the inception of the CBA, and have his salary removed from the team’s totals for luxury-tax and salary-cap purposes.
“I was a little bit more hopeful last week than I am this week,” Tolliver said. “I’m trying not to be too negative but it’s kind of hard not to when it’s been this long and this many meetings. It’s hard not to get continuously more pessimistic by the day. Hopefully this deal will blow me away in a good way. But it’s hard to believe that’s going to be the case.”
Meanwhile, talks about decertifying continue _ even though the NBA said deals would become void if that happens.
An agent who spoke with the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the ongoing dispute said “a lot of petitions have been signed already,” but acknowledged some players aren’t sure that move would get owners to relent on any issues.
“I would say the thing I don’t like the most isn’t about the deal specifically, but is the lack of information on what’s actually on the table,” the agent said. “That’s the most frustrating thing. … I think that the guys should actually know what’s being proposed and decide from there.”
Another person directly involved with the negotiations told the AP the NBA side is frustrated that the league’s current offer is already being poorly received, even though most players have not seen the proposal.
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