Hanrahan: NBA bracing for a lockout

Hanrahan: NBA bracing for a lockout
April 13, 2011, 3:13 pm
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Wednesday April 13, 2011 11:40 a.m.

By Frank Hanrahan


This is not what NBA fans wanted to hear. In anticipation of implementing a lockout, the league has reportedly canceled the Las Vegas Summer League. The New York Daily News, citing league sources, also reported that the league has scrapped plans for pre-season games in Europe.

The Las Vegas Summer League is where Wizards' rookie guard John Wall thrived last year, as he was named the MVP of the week and a half session. The Vegas league featured 22 teams last year, highlighting just-drafted players and younger players trying to get acclimated in the league.

The collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the players' union expires June 30. The two sides have not met in six months. One of the biggest sticking points in negotiations, will be a hard salary cap which the owners want while the players side is opposed to that.

As two league sources told me, prepare for a long work stoppage.