Multiple positive reports about the progress of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations surfaced on Thursday, suggesting that a new CBA deal may not be done yet, but it’s getting close. NBA commissioner Adam Silver agrees with that assessment, telling reporters today that a new CBA isn’t “done-done” yet, but could be finalized in the “not-too-distant future” (Twitter link via Howard Beck of Bleacher Report).
Here are a few more odds and ends from across the NBA:
- Former second overall pick Hasheem Thabeet hasn’t played in an NBA game in more than two years, but he’s still working hard to salvage his career, as Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders details. Kennedy takes a closer look at Thabeet’s training regimen, adding that the Knicks, Lakers, and Wizards have all recently worked out the 29-year-old.
- Former Lakers guard Smush Parker hasn’t given up on the NBA either, according to Brian Rzeppa of D-League Digest, who says that the 35-year-old plans to play in the D-League this season.
- Several NBA.com scribes – including David Aldridge, Scott Howard-Cooper, Fran Blinebury, and others – gave their two cents on the best fit for point guard Mario Chalmers, with the Cavaliers getting the most votes. The Clippers and Kings were also mentioned as potential suitors that would make sense for Chalmers, who is still recovering from an Achilles injury.
- In a detailed piece for The Vertical, Bobby Marks examines looming roster decisions for all 30 teams around the NBA as they work to reach to the 15-man regular-season limit.
- Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders provides some housekeeping details on a few offseason trades, reporting that the Clippers paid the Magic $230K in their C.J. Wilcox trade, the Jazz paid the Sixers $1.6MM in their Tibor Pleiss deal, and the Cavaliers paid the Sixers $1.8MM in their Sasha Kaun swap (all Twitter links).