NBA owners are still hoping to strike a new deal to end “superstar cravings” that have become a common theme this season.
The NBA has announced it is considering extending the contracts of three players who have been the face of the league in the last two years: Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
The league said Friday it’s looking at extending contracts of players such as Dwyans Paul, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday he has “no plan” to extend contracts of the three players, but he said he is “open to discussion” with teams.
“I am open to any suggestion that could help to solve this problem,” Silver said.
“I think it is something we should look at.
I think we have a couple of players that are looking at it, we have three, that are trying to make a lot of money and we should try to help them make a few more.”NBA commissioner says ‘superstars’ aren’t real source ABC Sports title NBA commissioner: ‘No plan’ to extend players contracts article The NBA has made it clear that it will not extend players’ contracts, a position that Silver said would be open to discussion.”
We have no plan whatsoever at this point,” Silver told reporters.
“We will talk with owners.
We will talk to players.
We are open to that.
I have not made a decision yet.
There are some things that I will do.
I will discuss that with owners, and we will talk about that.
But I have no announcement right now.”
The three players were recently named NBA MVP, but they’ve been unable to win championships with their teams, leading to criticism that they are not superstars and should be given the same opportunity as players with less experience.
A new report in The Associated Press suggests that the NBA could end “star-crazed” contracts, or that some of the players’ players would be eligible to be traded.
The AP reports that if a player’s contract is not extended, he or she will have to be cut from a team, either via trade or free agency.
The players who are eligible for free agency have not been announced.
The players were released by the Heat after the All-Star break, with Wade saying he has been in negotiations with a team for more than a year.
The Bulls released Wade on Friday.
He is in the final year of a four-year, $58 million contract.
The Lakers released James in January and have been unable, to this point, to reach an agreement with him on a new contract.
James’ agent, Rich Paul, has said James has been trying to come to terms on a long-term deal since he was released from the Heat in January.
James, a five-time All-NBA selection, is averaging 24.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 33.7 minutes per game this season, his best since 2010-11.
The Lakers and Heat are among the teams in the NBA that have been in talks with James about a new five-year deal.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.