A New Labor Deal Could Help D-League

A New Labor Deal Could Help D-League

The NBA lockout is definitely not a good thing for the basketball-watching public, but the fact that the owners and NBA Players Association now have more time to talk could help the two sides delve deeper into the ancillary features of the NBA's new Collective Bargaining Agreement -- if they ever actually head to the bargaining table, of course.

While there are plenty of issues at hand, one of the more intriguing topics that should come up over the next few months of negotiations will be that of the NBA Development League, the NBA's official minor league.

The D-League, as it's known, has made quite a few strides since the league began play during the 2001-02 season: a record nine (9!) NBA teams have decided it's worthwhile to buy their own D-League squad after seeing the league unearth solid role players such as Reggie Williams of the Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons point guard Will Bynum and Anthony Tolliver of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The D-League has also lived up to its development moniker, having played a crucial role in the careers of Dallas Mavericks miniature maestro J.J. Barea, Ramon Sessions of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors energetic forward Amir Johnson, who had each been assigned to the D-League earlier in their NBA career.

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