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Published March 2, 1995
The lack of a CBA between the NBA and NBPA is keeping the expansion Raptors and Grizzlies from making their franchise payments and may put a hold on the expansion draft, NBA rookie draft and even construction of the Raptors' new arena, according to this morning's TORONTO SUN. The expansion agreement with the two teams is based on the existence of a collective bargaining agreement. NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik: "If it gets to where we absolutely have to have an answer, we're going to have some tough discussions all the way around." The TORONTO SUN's Craig Daniels notes there has little progress toward a CBA since the All-Star Game, and "there are increasing rumblings that a lockout looms next season." Construction on the Raptors' Air Canada Centre will not begin until "a business deal is in place with the league." If the lack of a CBA delays an expansion agreement past October 1, the team will be required to pay a C$1M penalty to the province according to the conditions of the agreement reached between the league and Ontario over the Pro- Line Lottery. The team "would likely claim" that the NBA would be responsible for the fine because it failed to get a new CBA. Granik: "I don't want to get into that" (TORONTO SUN, 3/2).