Anthony ‘Skeptical’ Of New CBA Before Deadline

8:59pm: Both sides remain confident that a deal can be reached, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN. Licensing and the use of player likenesses has become an important issue as the deadline approaches (Twitter link).

5:11pm: With the deadline for a new collective bargaining agreement less than a week away, Carmelo Anthony is throwing cold water on the optimism that has been surrounding negotiations, relays ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

“I’m skeptical of something getting done,” Anthony, who serves as vice president of the players association. “Do I think something could happen by the 15th? Yeah I think something could happen. But I think this kind of put a dent in conversations. We had something so close. We were supposed to have a deal done weeks ago, and for this to happen at the 25th hour is tough.”

Anthony refused to explain what happened to derail the agreement, but emphasized that “as players, we want to get a deal done.” He added that it would take “a miracle” to get a new deal finalized before Thursday’s deadline (Twitter link).

Negotiators have been trying to hammer out an agreement in advance of December 15th, which is the final date either side can opt out of the current CBA. Reports on the talks have been universally positive, and some observers had expected an agreement to be announced this week.

Anthony’s pessimism doesn’t mean hopes for a new deal are dead. The owners and players could simply agree to extend the deadline, tweets Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. TNT analyst David Aldridge reports that the sides are still talking, at least through Friday night (Twitter link). A league source on Friday was still optimistic that an agreement would be reached, even if an extension were necessary, according to Sam Amick of USA Today (Twitter link).

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5 thoughts on “Anthony ‘Skeptical’ Of New CBA Before Deadline

  1. formerlyz

    This is really unexpected. I hope it isnt something stupid, but I fully support the players in trying to get something done that is fair, unlike the previous CBA (in my opinion). I will admit that there are a couple of new things in baseball’s new CBA that I’m not the biggest fan of

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  2. Kia Sportage Off-roader

    Everyone is skeptical of Carmelo when he refers to himself as a superstar, star, franchise player, or anything like that. His spot on the Olympic team was a legacy choice, he was given that roster spot and he did not earn it. He has never won and will continue down that path unless its late in his career (which is very near) and he takes a bench role on a good team. Trying to build your team around Carmelo is a mess. Denver knew it. Not the Knicks do. They’re probably kicking themselves everyday for his contract.

    The only good part about him is his wife got topless on some little known tv show, I forget what it’s called.

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    • formerlyz

      Phil Jackson is a clown. Even this team, which is built much better, got messed up by the dumb contract for Noah that made no sense, and now they still refuse to play Porzingis at the 5 and Melo at the 4. I’ve seen a lot of growth from Carmelo Anthony over the last 5 years, and I think its a shame that his legacy was hurt b/c he wanted to try to bring some life back to the Knicks

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      • Kia Sportage Off-roader

        Phil hasn’t been great, but Carmelo makes his own problems. He’s not a leader. He tries to be but fails again and again.

        But at least the Knicks are a super team. Right Derrick Rose?

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  3. _kherz23

    Bomb threat against the Celtics???

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