The NBA Players Association’s executive director in Michele Roberts and Commissioner Adam Silver have begun talks regarding the league’s labor issues. Roberts has officially engaged in talks with Silver about potential differences concerning the new collective bargaining agreement with the hopes of avoiding a work stoppage in 2017.
The sides will continue to talk over the course of September and will eye an agreement by the upcoming season’s end.
Roberts has been quoted as saying that she is looking into changing at least 10 things with the new agreement but has also stated that she and Commissioner Silver have a good working relationship. Due to the recent progression of the talks surrounding the potential dispute, it seems as though the sides are heading in the right direction towards a common goal.
Although a stoppage appeared all but guaranteed initially, there is no labor fight on the horizon as it stands following the first discussion between Roberts and Silver. However, it is important that a decision is reached by the end of the 2015-2016 season as it would leave the sides way ahead of the December 2016 deadline for both parties to exercise a mutual option to discontinue the CBA at the end of 2016-2017.