Although NBA Commissioner David Stern expressed optimism on Friday that NBA Team Owners and the NBA Players Association can reach a new collective bargaining agreement before june 30, avoiding a work stoppage the NBA has already suffered one casualty due to a new deal not being worked out. “ESPN.com” reported that the Association has cancelled this year’s edition of the Las Vegas League due to fear of a lockout. The Association will make a formal announcement some time this weekend that the league which has been going on every summer since 2004 has been cancelled.
The games which start in early July and run for nine straight days hold their games at the Thomas & Mack Center as well as playing in the Cox Pavillion. Deputy-Commissioner Adam Silver stressed that the Association was cancelling the Vegas League due to time restraints as time is running out to set things up for the games. Silver said that this does not reflect a feeling from the NBA Front Office that a new collective bargaining agreement will not be agreed upon in time to avoid a lockout.