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Maurice Evans: NBA Players Aren't Buying Call For Salary Cuts

Evans Calls Talk Of Player Salary Cuts A Negotiation Tactic
Hawks F and NBPA Exec Committee VP Maurice Evans yesterday said that NBA players “aren’t buying” NBA Commissioner David Stern’s recent call for a "one-third reduction in players’ salaries," according to Charles Odum of the AP. Evans said, "We definitely don't agree with those numbers. We feel like the game is really at a great place." He added that the league and the players union “may not be able to make any substantial progress in the NBA labor talks until the February All-Star break, when all players are available to return to the negotiations.” Evans: "If we have a lockout, it's just going to set us back. With the state the economy is in, fans are not going to want to keep getting slapped in the face with players and NBA teams." He called Stern's comments “just a negotiation tactic" and predicted there will be progress in February "because that's a time period in which a lot of heavy hitters per se will be able to come in." Evans: "Everybody will be able to be there and hopefully we'll be able to make some headway." Evans contends that some teams' finances “have been hurt by bad decisions.” He added, "What we do believe is with the current system in place there's enough restraints within the system that they can police themselves" (AP, 11/9).
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