The NBA could have a work stoppage after the 16-17 season, which could see either the owners or union exercise its opt-out on the current collective bargaining agreement that was agreed upon in 2011.
Several league executives and agents already believe the groundwork is being laid for another prolonged work stoppage.
“Ideally, whether labor or management, you begin work on the next negotiation the day after you sign the last agreement,” said Charles Grantham, who worked for the union from 1978 until 1995. “For the players, they have not been able to do that. They still need to find a director, and once they have one, they need to assemble a team and work on a strategy. They’re way behind.”
The union still does not have an executive director to replace Billy Hunter.