Though Adam Silver and the powers that be feel a new CBA deal is coming, New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony is quite skeptical.
New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony is not so sure that a new CBA deal can be completed by Thursday, December 15, the deadline to complete a new deal.
Anthony spoke to ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne today after practice and said, “I’m skeptical of something getting done,” the Knicks forward is the vice president of the National Basketball Players Association.
He then added to his comment by telling Shelburne, “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.” Anthony said both sides were close to a deal and expected it to be done a few weeks ago but had a bump
Anthony said both sides were close to a deal and expected it to be done a few weeks ago but had a bump along the road which, ultimately, led to talks stopping.
The 32-year-old did not go into great depth about the stops in conversation between the two sides, but added to his interview by saying, “As players, we want to get a deal done.” This is a sign that things are heading in the right direction and a deal could come before the deadline.
Of course, nothing is promised, but there has been ongoing talks between NBPA and owners despite the bump. Before the problem occurred during talks both sides were optimistic a new deal would be signed sooner rather than later, while this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore the deadline could always be pushed back if both sides agree, which will extend time for an agreement to be reached.
While there is still plenty of time left before Thursday, these comments by Anthony certainly creates some worry around the league.