I haven't read anything about this yet, so I'll put this out to the NetsDaily community - does anybody know exactly how current contracts would be impacted should the lockout force a cancellation of the 2011-12 NBA season?
I'm not counting on any amnesty provisions coming out of the new CBA whenever that may be impacted. The have-nots (small market teams) would be foolish to agree to that. So sorry everyone, I don't think we'll be able to cut Outlaw loose.
But I am interested in learning if current NBA contracts would remain frozen for the duration of the lockout, so when the NBA resumes once all this is settled, would the contracts just pick-up where they left off? More particularly, would Deron Williams' contract still have another year for the 2012-13 season, w/a player option for the 2013-14 season?
If that were the case, as much as it would suck to lose an entire season, it could actually benefit the Nets, as they would not have to play in Newark again, and they'd be playing their next home game in Barclays. Here are the potential benefits:
Williams plays a full season in Brooklyn before he could opt out
Brooklyn is a far more desirable free agent destination than Newark
Not sure how the draft would work, but it's conceivable the Nets could secure a lottery-pick in the coveted 2012 NBA draft
This could all be a bunch of speculative garbage, but as we brace for what promises to be a nasty and prolonged lockout, I was trying to find a silver lining for the Nets in all this.
If anybody knows how current contracts would be impacted by a season-long lockout, please enlighten us.