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Odds & Ends: Flopping, Neal, Blazers, Faverani

NBA commissioner David Stern says the league's anti-flopping rules were working well and the competition committee recommended no changes to them, but not everyone is on board.  The NBPA is now seeking an arbitration hearing on the matter, writes Ken Berger of  "We are now in the process of scheduling a case with our arbitrator to determine whether the NBA is allowed to unilaterally impose discipline in an area that exceeds the commissioner's authority without the consent of the union," NBPA interim executive director Ron Klempner said. "It's a subject they need to bargain with us, and we hope that the arbitrator will find that any type of discipline must be collectively bargained."  Here's tonight's look around the Association..

  • Gary Neal wouldn't be an option for the Bobcats without a sign-and-trade with the Spurs, but that scenario hasn't been discussed yet, tweets Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
  • Tom Ziller of questions whether the amnesty clause and more punitive luxury-tax penalties have really helped level the NBA playing field.
  • Mike Tokito of The Oregonian spoke with ex-teammates of new Blazers additions Robin Lopez, Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright, and Earl Watson.
  • The Celtics used $2MM of their mid-level exception on Vitor Faverani and now have $3.15MM left, tweets Eric Pincus of HoopsWorld.  The Brazilian big man agreed to a two-year, $6.3MM deal that became official yesterday.

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