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O'Neal, Duncan maximizing value?

The CBA has taken full effect five years after its inception and the league's elite players are being hit the hardest.

Updated: July 30, 2004, 10:39 AM ET
By Terry Brown | NBA Insider

The NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement, implemented in January 1999 after a lockout almost destroyed the entire season, expires after next season and according to the numbers, it's taking Shaquille O'Neal and the NBA's best players with it.

The players and owners have already begun meetings to discuss a new agreement. The primary issue is Commissioner David Stern's drive to constrict the maximum length of contracts. This action would, in effect, limit the amount of money the league's best ...

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