Warriors Interested in Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy

The Warriors would be interested in signing Brandon Roy if he is waived by the Blazers, according to sources.

Roy’s former agent, Bob Myers, is now the assistant GM for the Warriors. Roy would also prefer to stay on the West Coast. Golden State would prefer to sign a big man, but Roy makes sense for them to add depth as a playmaker.

The Oregonian reported on Monday that the Blazers intend to use their amnesty clause on Roy immediately.

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Former NBA Players Have to Honor Chinese Contracts

Many players were reluctant to sign in China after a rule was established that there would be no provision to allow them to opt out if the NBA lockout was resolved.

Kenyon Martin

Kenyon Martin

Kenyon Martin, Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith are amongst the players who signed in China and there appears to be no willingness on the part of their teams to release them from their contact, according to sources.

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Aaron Brooks Signs with Chinese Team

Aaron Brooks has agreed to a one-year deal with Guandong of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to sources.

Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks

Brooks is a popular player in China due to his tenure as a teammate with Yao Ming on the Rockets.

Brooks is a restricted free agent in the NBA and therefore will be able to fulfill his contractual obligation to play in China for the entire season. Brooks was traded to the Suns in February.

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David Stern Proposes 72-game Season

In what was widely presumed to be the league’s last and best proposal in a labor standoff now into its fifth month, NBA commissioner David Stern on Thursday offered his locked-out players a 72-game season that would start Dec. 15.

Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher

Yet the league’s latest pitch, according to sources briefed on its contents after adjustments were made Thursday night, contained what the union regards as miniscule financial inducements for the players after nearly 24 hours of negotiations this week.

And that clearly disappointed union leaders who were expecting more after they made a commitment earlier in the week, for the first time since the lockout began, to accept a 50/50 split of annual Basketball Related Income.

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David Stern Issues Ultimatum to Union

The New York Times obtained a copy of the letter from David Stern to his counterpart, Billy Hunter, detailing the league’s ultimatum to the players: Accept our current offer by Wednesday or face much less friendly terms.

David Stern

David Stern

“Rather than simply proceeding, as we could have, to offer a less favorable proposal at this time, the N.B.A. is providing an additional period of time for the players association to consider our 50/50 proposal,” Stern wrote.

The “reset” proposal that the league would revert to after Wednesday includes a flex-cap system with a salary cap set at $5 million above the average team salary and rollbacks on existing contracts “in proportion to system changes in order to ensure sufficient market for free agents.”

Stern ends the letter, “Billy, I sincerely hope that we can reach an agreement over the next few days.”

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