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Labor Deal Done: 66-Game Season Starts Dec. 25

 

Early Saturday morning, the NBA owners and players reached a handshake agreement on a deal for a new CBA. The 66-game 2011-12 season starts Christmas Day.

In the joint press conference that followed, both sides avoided discussing details of the agreement until it’s been put to their respective stakeholder groups. But we do have a few early details:

  • Training Camp and Free Agency will both begin Dec. 9. Danny Ainge will be able to talk to free agents in advance but won’t be able to ink them until the day Doc Rivers starts shouting at players that they’re in shape but not in “Celtics shape”. So, Boston will send no more than half a team to camp that first day (although it’ll likely be filled out quickly in the following days).
  • The Celtics will almost certainly open their season Dec. 25 against the New York Knicks, as originally scheduled.
  • It’s believed the final BRI split was the 49-51 band. (Per Chris Broussard of ESPN).
  • Some B-level issues still need to be worked out over the next few days (e.g. drug testing) but none have the volatility to scuttle the deal.

Here at the Hub, we’ll soon have a whole lotta content for you, after what has been a few annoyingly quiet months (for all of us).

So stay tuned.

We’re back in bid’ness!

  • John

    Hope the players got owners to give some ground.

  • someguysac

    "We’re back in bid’ness!"

    Yea Baby, music to my eyes!

  • I_Love_Green

    Its gonna be very difficult for us this year, and especially difficult for Danny. But forget that for right now, THE CELTICS ARE BACK BABY!!!!

    WOOOOOOOO!!!!

  • Zee

    #Thanksgiving

  • Morpheus

    A nice early christmas present. Now we can look forward to visiting the Hub more often.

  • http://twitter.com/M_DeVelaine @M_DeVelaine

    Finally… I didn't want to see the season lost, but I admit it was getting close to happening there. A 66-game season is a better result than nothing. Now to find out when the C's get to play the Thunder so I can see them live.

  • http://Lovemyceltics.blogspot.com mycelts

    HO HO HO

    "HO HO HO" says not only jolly St. Nick,
    But also those guys who can set a pick.
    For, at last, early today we did learn, 
    Somehow the players are getting along with Stern.

    On Durant, On Garnett, On Kobe, On Wade,
    Finally you guys are gonna get paid.
    Christmas will come this year, make no other plans,
    Let's see these guys give their all for the NBA fans.

    When I say "Ubuntu," you know what I mean,
    Of course, I am thinking, "Go Green, Go Green!"

    • Batman

      My mind right now:

      "Of course, I am thinking, "Go Green, Go Green!"

      Green?

      Green……..

      OMIGOD JEFF GREEN IS GONNA RESIGN WITH US :(

  • Batman

    Finally….I've been waiting for so long

  • erictong

    66 games is perfect. 82 games is too many anyways.

    • ElRoz

      Well, not to be a party pooper, but am I wrong to see that the 66 games are going to be somewhat squeezed in in a shorter schedule? After all, if they miss 16 games but start on December 25 (by which time the C's play their 28 game or so), then the pace of the season is going to be higher, or at least more saturated. I don't like that for the C's. I would have liked to see them play about 60 games and no more. Otherwise, the Big 4 are not going to be anymore rested come playoff time from missing 16 games, since they will have to squeeze the 66 into fewer days. Well, perhaps Doc will give the Big Four some games off… Also: what happens to Bradley now – is he coming back to play for Boston?

  • Kricky

    Good stuff! Can't wait for the season to begin.

    After dealing with BRI, Escrow, and all the other boring stuff the fun can begin!

    Does the 66 game 3 1/2 month season hurt or help us?

    Will we be able to make any good FA moves?

    Will we be able to sign a Center with a pulse? (William Shatner Voice: PERRRRRRRK!)

  • Morpheus

    Dwight Howard

    • I_Love_Green

      With the new sign and trade rules, D12 to Boston is basically a pipe dream now.

      • Morpheus

        What about the Carmelo trade rule, extend and trade?

        • Batman

          Carmelo rule was dropped by the owners

          • Kricky

            I thought so too. But I just read on Grantland that they'll keep the sign and trade.

            In the end we won't really know about a lot of this till we see the actual signed deal.

  • -JP

    This is great news! I was getting sick of all the talking heads saying that no one cares about the NBA till Xmas, thats not true at all, I will miss the cancelled games, but I am just glad we are getting something rather than nothing at all.

  • ElRoz

    Well, not to be a party pooper, but am I wrong to see that the 66 games are going to be somewhat squeezed in in a shorter schedule? After all, if they miss 16 games but start on December 25 (by which time the C's play their 28 game or so), then the pace of the season is going to be higher, or at least more saturated. I don't like that for the C's. I would have liked to see them play about 60 games and no more. Otherwise, the Big 4 are not going to be anymore rested come playoff time from missing 6 games, since they will have to squeeze the 66 into fewer days. Well, perhaps Doc will give the Big Four some games off… Also: what happens to Bradley now – is he coming back to play for Boston?

    • Kricky

      News on ESPN. Every team will play at least 1-3 back2back2backs.

      OUCH!

  • Kricky

    More news: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl

    It looks like the much talked about player amnesty has a loophole. Players released by the amnesty won't just go to the open market. Instead teams will bid for their services, agreeing to pay a partial part of their existing contract (lessening the financial hit to the teams that release them). The money they bid will go against their cap. This means that teams over the cap (like Miami) won't be allowed to bid for them and won't be able to just pick them up on minimum deals.

    This really hurts the Heat :)

    But maybe us too. If this is true, we'll have to amnesty someone (JO) before we'll be able to sign a big name amnesty player.

    • Morpheus

      Define partial? 10%, 20%?

  • Kricky

    Teams bid for it. So I guess it can be up to 99.99% (theoretically)

    We still haven't seen the actual deal. So who knows if this will actually be in the amnesty rules.

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