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NBA commissioner Silver suspects ‘difficult negotiations’ with union await

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The NBA and players union will need to do some collective bargaining before next season tips off, and commissioner Adam Silver admitted that negotiations could get rocky.

“I don’t have any expectations of labor issues, I think, in the way you’re suggesting it, meaning that we won’t be able to resolve them,” Silver told reporters prior to Game 1 of the Finals. “There’s no doubt there are issues on the table that need to be negotiated. We’ve managed to work through every other issue so far. I think we have a constructive relationship with. We share all information. We look at our various business models together.

“So I think while no doubt there will be issues and there will be some difficult negotiations ahead, I fully expect we’ll work them out, as we always have.

“So I think this is where the players association also has to work through issues among themselves and sort of an equitable distribution in terms of wherever – whatever the pool of salary is that we have to distribute next year.

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