NBA Lockout: Chris Duhon Tweet Signal of Deal or Just More Hopes Crushed?

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent INovember 14, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08:  Billy Hunter (L), Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association speaks next to Derek Fisher (C), President of the National Basketball Players Association at a press conference after the NBPA held a meeting to discuss the NBA lockout at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on November 8, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Chris Duhon tweeted earlier today that the Orlando Magic players would accept the latest offer from the NBA owners.

It is extremely unfortunate that the players’ only real option at this point is to accept this deal to protect their immediate future. It is going to devastate them and the future players in the league financially for years to come.

If it were indeed true that the Magic will accept the latest CBA, it would certainly signify that at least a few players are willing to make concessions and get this current season off the ground.

But at what cost?

Unfortunately for these players, the newest deal has a ton of advantages rigged in the owners’ favor.

The players would have to decide to take a 50-50 split of basketball related income (they previously received 57 percent) or even go as low as a 49-51 band.

Players would also be subjected to year-round drug testing, teams being allowed to send two members of a team to the D-League and pro-rate their salary and a 12 percent reduction to the minimum salary as well as first-round draft pick pay.

These are just a few of the changes to the CBA that the players must realize they are accepting if they take this deal and it will certainly mean the owners won this lockout.

Duhon himself acknowledges that he isn’t a very big fan of the deal.

However, I think that the players take this ‘final’ offer from owners because they stand to lose much more if they don’t.

They get to start the season on December 15 and play 72-games if they accept this deal and that seems too good to pass up for many players who are living paycheck-to-paycheck.

With 60 percent of NBA players going bankrupt within years of retiring, they simply cannot afford to miss a season without pay.

It’s a sad reality and the sole reason why the owners hold so much leverage over their players.

Thanks to Duhon’s tweet and the stark reality of the situation you can look for this deal to get done soon with minor changes at best for the players.