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The players haven’t responded all that positively to the league’s newest proposal. It’s basically been met with the type of reaction a 3-year-old has when mom tries to get him to eat his veggies.
The players are going to tweak it though and take a vote on that. Because the current one is just no good. One of the most vocal and visible players during the lockout has been Kevin Durant and he reaffirmed that to Yahoo! Sports.
“I know it’s not a good one,” Durant said of the proposal. “It’s not the one that we want. …If it’s not a good deal, I don’t see why we should take it, especially this late.”
Here’s a reason: Because the season could be lost if you don’t. I’m not advocating that you do take it nor am I saying that you shouldn’t, but reality is what it is. Don’t take this new proposal and you’re almost certainly looking at the league’s “reset” offer which is something the players never would accept.
Durant’s not alone. Like so many other players, the new offer doesn’t come close to bridging the gap the players wanted. After dropping to a 50/50 split, I think the players thought the league would concede some of the system issues. It has, but not as much as the players would’ve liked. So in order to get to where a deal could be made, this new offer has to be better. Because Durant is one of many that feels this way.
Which is why the tweaked proposal could be important. If the players can keep it within reason, they could put the pressure back on the owners. They’ll be taking them an offer that has their stamp of approval meaning that it’s decision time. That’s what the players have in their hands from the league. Now the players are looking to put one right back in the owners’ hands.
If that fails, it could all fall apart. And as Durant said, he will finally get serious about playing overseas. He said he’s weighing offers from Maccabi Tel Aviv, Valencia in Spain and BBC Bayreuth in Germany. Anything Durant would sign would provide him with an NBA opt-out though.
“I’m right on the fence with playing overseas and I’m about to jump over,” Durant told Yahoo!.
Durant said he’s not necessarily a fan of decertification. Yet. But a lot of players are and if the new offer doesn’t work, that’s the road everyone will prepare to walk down. It’ll get ugly and it’ll get worse before it gets better.