Commissioner Adam Silver talked about the possibility of changing the Draft eligibility age.

That CBA is the object of endless study and imagined revision, with amendments possible if negotiated prior to the end of the current deal after the 2023-24 season. Shooting for a hard cap likely would be a tough sell to players accustomed to the freedom of movement they currently enjoy.
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It’s not necessarily [Roberts’] issue, Silver said in response to the union director’s characterization. I think it’s on me and our Labor Relations Committee, ultimately, to sit with the players and their committee and convince them that there may be a better way of doing things.

As for any inability to win games or titles, he laid the blame for that on poor franchise management. The Knicks and the Clippers have all sorts of big-market advantages but haven’t won any championships lately (or at all in the Clippers’ case).

For Roberts, whose players reap 51 percent of NBA basketball-related income that tops $7 billion annually, business is good, period.

I’m excited about this new season, she said Tuesday. This free agency, there’s been a lot to write about so we’re all, I think, looking forward to what’s going to happen come October.

To the extent that people are predicting the end of the game, I just don’t think so. I would be surprised if Adam called me to say, ‘What the hell are we going DeAndre Jordan Jersey to do?’ I think he’s as happy as I am. … I think we’re in good shape.

In the deal, the Nets will send two future second-round picks, cash and center Timofey Mozgov to the Hornets for Howard. Here’s Charania on the deal itself (via Twitter):

The Lakers, after failing to get a meeting with free-agent target Paul George prior to George’s announcement that he would re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder, have secured free agency’s most coveted player.

In the franchise’s biggest free-agent splash since Shaquille O’Neal joined the Lakers in the summer of 1996, Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have delivered a major piece to the plan they plotted when they joined the Lakers in Dave Henderson Jersey February 2017. Johnson took the job largely to restore the franchise’s glorious past and recruit elite superstars to Los Angeles — something the franchise had struggled with in recent years. James joins the league’s second-youngest team when weighted by playing time from last season. The Lakers have an up-and-coming young core of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.

Which of the Lakers’ young prospects will stay to play alongside James remains to be seen. The Lakers have been trying to acquire Kawhi Leonard, who reportedly is unhappy with the San Antonio Spurs and would prefer to play for the Lakers. The Spurs would surely want as many prospects and assets as possible from the Lakers in exchange for the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.