Derek Fisher emails players that owners arguing amongst selves not with players

In an email to the players acquired by Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, Derek Fisher has said the small group of players and owners agreed on terms of a deal, but the larger group of owners could not agree amongst themselves.

Read the full email.

What actually happened in those meetings was discussion, brainstorming and a sharing of options by both sides. The turning point this past Tuesday was not a disagreement between the players and the owners. It was actually a fundamental divide between the owners internally. They could not agree with each other on specific points of the deal and therefore it caused conflict within the league and its owners.

So it is our hope that today, Thursday, at the owners meeting in Dallas that they work out their differences, come up with a revenue sharing plan that will protect their teams and are then ready to come together and sign off on the agreement we as a smaller group deemed reasonable.

The good news, of course, is that if the players and the prime NBA ownership view they have a deal that this backs up my article yesterday. It's David Stern time. He sat in a room with the players and negotiated something he felt was good for the league. Now it's time to sell it to all the owners.

Clearly the NBA owners won't get everything they want, but they obviously got enough to make a compelling case to end this thing before a season and games are lost.

The NBA owners are meeting Thursday [today], and hopefully Stern and the large owners are able to convince the smaller franchises that this deal is a good thing. I'd imagine if profitability is worked out that enough owners will get on board to push something through before we miss a considerable part of the season.

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  • Hey, Doug.. could you explain what exactly decertification is? I keep hearing that word thrown around recently.. thanks.

  • In reply to ManOnNeptune:

    Decertification would be if the players break up the players union. That means there would be no collective bargaining agreement and that owners would need to negotiate individually with players.

    At that point, the players would sue the NBA, and they would attempt to make the salary cap, trades, the draft, "max" contracts, and other things illegal under anti-monopolistic practices.

    Whether they would win the law suit or not is up for debate, but if they actually decertified and then stopped negotiating as a group [unlike the NFL which decertified but had no intention of staying decertified] then they probably would win.

    Of course things like the "vet minimum" would also go away, and you'd see the majority of money go to the top players and the other players make even less than they do now most likely.

    Basically neither side really wants that, but it would absolutely destroy the NBA as we know it, so the owners have far more to lose in a sense. Of course, if the NBA as we know it is destroyed the players lose out in the end as well.

  • But when the owners left the players to meet among themselves for around three hours, Cleveland's Dan Gilbert and Phoenix's Robert Sarver expressed their dissatisfaction with many of the points, sources said. The sources said that the Knicks' James Dolan and the Lakers' Jerry Buss were visibly annoyed by the hardline demands of Gilbert and Sarver.

    Owners now are working on ironing out those differences Thursday in Dallas.

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