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NBA, players fail to agree after marathon talks

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NBA, players fail to agree after marathon talks

Players Association president Derek Fisher used the word "disappointing" to describe the latest proposal from NBA owners after emerging from two days of intense talks.

"At this time it's not enough to really entice us to try to finish things tonight," Fisher said Thursday, in a press conference in New York.

Still, Fisher and union chief Billy Hunter will take the proposal to each team's player representatives to gauge whether the players' association should vote on the proposal, reject it or try to continue to tweak it.

Fisher said that the revised NBA deal doesn't meet on all system issues, but commissioner David Stern indicated it very well could be the NBA's last offer. If the players don't take this deal, Stern said the owners would reset their proposal and it would be worse.

The players earned 57 percent of basketball-related income under the old collective bargaining agreement. They have agreed to come down to 50 percent or very near that figure. But Stern said if the current deal weren't accepted, the owners new offer would call for players to get only 47 percent of BRI.

"Obviously, we would like to keep negotiating and find a way to get a deal done. But right now it's not that time," Fisher said.

Stern followed Fisher and Hunter to the podium and indicated that the revised proposal was the "best attempt" to address the concerns that the players expressed last week. Stern made it clear that the owners were done negotiating.

"We both realize the seriousness of what we're facing," Stern said, adding "... we await the response from the union. We did our best."

According to reports, the league has proposed what is being called a mini mid-level exception worth 2.5 million to be used under certain circumstances. The league will also raise the minimum team salaries from 75 percent of what the salary cap is to 85 percent of the cap.

Stern said the proposal would allow a season to start Dec. 15 if accepted, with a 72- game schedule. That would require moving the playoffs and The Finals back a week, according to Adam Silver, the NBA's deputy commissioner.

Hunter says union hopes to meet with players reps on revised NBA offer in New York on Monday or Tuesday.

According to Hunter, there is no deadline and that the revised offer will remain on table until the union gets back to league.

"It's been a long haul. Were coming to the end of it and trying to get this thing done."

Hunter said that in addition to six or seven primary elements needing to be worked out, the salary cap chief among them, there are 30 to 40 unresolved issues. Those ancillary issures totaled six pages, including items such as the draft age and the commissioner's disciplinary rights.

Kevin Durant likes tweet about player loyalty to NBA franchises

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Kevin Durant likes tweet about player loyalty to NBA franchises

Isaiah Thomas is revered in Boston.

But on Tuesday, the Celtics traded him (along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 draft pick) to the Cavaliers.

The deal took NBA Twitter by storm.

One such tweet:

Why does this matter?

Well, Kevin Durant "liked" it.

Durant took a lot of heat (quite the understatement) for leaving the Thunder to sign with the Warriors.

In fact, people are still very bitter.

At any point while he was under contract with Oklahoma City, the Thunder could have traded Durant if they felt it was the best move for the franchise (unlikely, but that's not the point).

Yet the Finals MVP was viewed as a "traitor" in the eyes of many because he chose a new path that was the best move for him.

He was a free agent and earned the right to take control of his future.

As for Thomas...

Back on April 15, his sister, Chyna, tragically passed away in a car accident.

Somehow, he managed to play the very next day in Game 1 of the Celtics' opening round series against the Bulls.

After Game 4, Thomas praised the franchise.

"[The Celtics have] been really important. I mean, they've been everything. This organization is the best organization there is, from the people who work in the Garden to the players, the coaches, everybody who's a part of the Celtics. They've been supportive. The whole world has, really, so I can't say enough about that."

On May 2 (what would have been Chyna's 23rd birthday) Thomas delivered an epic performance in Boston's Game 2 win over the Wizards in the East semis -- 53 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter and nine in overtime.

But in the end, this is professional sports and the Celtics made a decision that they believe is best for the franchise...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Cavs called Warriors to discuss Klay Thompson

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Report: Cavs called Warriors to discuss Klay Thompson

On Tuesday, the Cavs shipped Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.

That happened because on July 7, the point guard requested a trade.

As he looked for a partner, new Cavs GM Koby Altman called the Warriors to discuss Klay Thompson's availability, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.

More specifically -- as Spears writes -- Altman called the "uninterested Warriors."

Remember when the Pacers contacted Golden State when they were shopping Paul George?

Klay has two more years on his contract before he is scheduled for unrestricted free agency in July 2019.

He will make $17,826,150 next season and $18,988,725 in 2018-19.

Perhaps teams are thinking that Warriors ownership will look to trade Klay to avoid paying massive luxury tax bills in the future.

[RELATED: Durant rationalizes paycut: 'My money ... I can do what the hell I want with it']

Who knows what will happen over the next two years, but based on what Klay has said recently, he doesn't sound like a guy who wants to leave the Bay Area.

“It’s so much more to being part of a team and being part of something special,” he told Marcus Thompson during the championship parade in June. “You can build a legacy … The thing with basketball these days, there’s a lot of individuality with stats, numbers, who’s the greatest, he’s a better player than him, he put up this many points.

"But Steve (Kerr) helped me a lot with that. He said nobody is going to remember how many points you put up. They are going to remember how many championships you win. This right here is what it’s about."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller