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10:27 AM ET 09.07 | SheridanHoops.com has learned that NBA owners have proposed adding a third round to the annual draft, a proposal that the players' union has countered by offering an array of changes to the draft that would help address the owners' desire for more competitive balance. According to sources involved in the league's collective bargaining discussions, the union has proposed various changes to the draft: Under one proposal, the 15 teams with the worst records would continue to pick 1st through 15th, but then would also have the 16th through 30th picks. The teams with the top 15 records would have the first 15 picks of the second round, then would have the 44th through 60th picks, too. Under this proposal, the Chicago Bulls (whose 62-20 record was the league's best last season) would have the 45th and 60th picks instead of the 30th and 30th picks. The Minnesota Timberwolves, who had the NBA's worst record (17-65), would have their lottery pick and the 16th pick, but would no longer have the first pick of the second round -- No. 31 overall. Under another proposal, the teams with the eight worst records would get an additional first round pick, beginning with selection No. 22, and the teams with the eight best records would have no first-round picks but would select at the top of the second round (picks 31 through 38), then also would get the final eight picks of the second round.

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David Stern, AP David Stern, AP
September 7, 2011  10:30 AM ET

what

September 7, 2011  10:31 AM ET

how about settling the labor dispute and getting a new CBA done first! u dummy!

September 7, 2011  10:33 AM ET

can we just focus on ending the lockout, the only thing that have to be fix with the draft is the lottery it should be so we can see it not david stern going to the backandf telling us who it is

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September 7, 2011  10:38 AM ET

forget this getting a top 10 pick is enough

September 7, 2011  10:38 AM ET

And get rid that '1 year of college' nonsense. That one n' done stuff is killing the college's basketball programs.

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September 7, 2011  10:48 AM ET
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He looks like a priest in this pic....

Umm NOPE. Didn't get that.

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September 7, 2011  10:56 AM ET

The ONLY thing that needs to be amended with the drafts is:
"The Blazers cannot have the No.1 pick. EVER!!"

September 7, 2011  11:49 AM ET

Better Idea....Give first overall pick to the NBA Champions....That oughta prevent tanking....

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September 7, 2011  12:09 PM ET

how about getting rid of the 2nd round of the draft....don't know most of them anyway...3rd round would be stupid until they get rid of all these guaranteed contracts

September 7, 2011  12:29 PM ET
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how about getting rid of the 2nd round of the draft....don't know most of them anyway...3rd round would be stupid until they get rid of all these guaranteed contracts

I agree 100%...the chances of a 2nd round pick making the roster are fairly slim anyway and now the owners want a 3rd round? I think they should do away with the lottery and give the team with the worst record the 1st pick, 2nd worst record the 2nd pick and so on...just like its done in the NFL...will a team maybe tank its last couple games to get the first overall pick? Maybe...but they already suck so whats the difference...and they will have to answer to their fans as to why they tanked the last couple games...a real professional team with real professionals should try to win every game...its called pride...something that is lost on the younger generation

September 7, 2011  12:39 PM ET

Under this proposal, the Chicago Bulls (whose 62-20 record was the league's best last season) would have the 45th and 60th picks instead of the 30th and 30th picks.

Ummm...there are 2 30th picks in the draft? Nice proofreading

September 7, 2011  12:51 PM ET

lol

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September 7, 2011  01:17 PM ET

You want more competitive balance? Contract the league; get rid of at least two and maybe as many as four teams.

 
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