The announcement of
However, one outspoken NBA star is not pleased with the new agreement. Golden State Warriors union rep Draymond Green fired off these tweets shortly after the deal was announced:
It is impossible to know which aspects of the new CBA have upset Green, because the vast majority of us don’t know much about the agreement. Bits of information have come out here and there, but Green and others haven’t made public statements on the specifics of negotiations. Unlike in the 2011 lockout, the two sides have not had to wage a PR war to strengthen their positions.
Nevertheless, we can make some educated guesses about Green’s tweets. His reference to the need to “stand for something” suggests that he wanted the union to push to win back much of what they lost in 2011, including
It’s not worth arguing which approach would have been better right at this moment. However, it’s possible that the union will see more pushback from its members. Phoenix Suns wing Jared Dudley responded to Green’s tweets with his own frustration over the negotiations:
It’s very possible that Dudley will like what he sees in the new agreement — he did welcome its announcement with
The NBPA deserves credit for avoiding a lockout, but the work doesn’t stop there. As we learned in 2011, a new CBA sets the stage for the next negotiation, even if that discussion is six years away.
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