Charles Barkley believes a struggle is brewing behind the scenes within the NBA.

As a result of improve in gamers — particularly star gamers — altering groups and demanding trades, in addition to the continued development of load administration, Barkley thinks NBA house owners have gotten fed up and that might result in a lockout.

Forward of All-Star weekend in Salt Lake Metropolis, the media requested Barkley questions relating to the commerce requests of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Barkley took his reply to the following stage. He sees the motion of signing enormous contracts after which leaving a staff in a brief time frame as hurting the league.

“You may’t take my cash after which say you wish to divorce me in six months to a yr,” Barkley defined. “You may’t take all my cash after which say ‘hey I need a divorce,’ so I’m fairly certain that’s the following factor to come back out of the CBA. I don’t assume there’s little doubt in my thoughts that these guys are going to get locked out.”

Kyrie Irving was traded from the Nets to the Mavericks earlier this month.
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Kevin Durant checks out his new jersey with the Suns.
Kevin Durant, left, checks out his new jersey with the Suns.

The NBA Corridor of Famer is infamous for stepping into feuds with present gamers, together with a battle with Durant over the summer season. Barkley referred to as out the ex-Web for his championships with the Warriors, calling him a “bus rider,” not a “bus driver.” Durant fired again, calling Barkley “an outdated head.”

However Barkley thinks the NBA is headed down a worrisome path.

“You may’t deal with these house owners and followers like crap,” he added. “which these gamers are beginning to do now with load administration after which demand to be traded.”

The NBA has not seen a lockout since 2011, however with the present CBA set to run out on the finish of the 2023-2024 season the chance looms. However to ensure that that to occur, the league or Gamers Affiliation must decide out of the deal by March 31.

Nonetheless, the league and Gamers Affiliation are additionally at the moment engaged on a brand new CBA. Time will inform if they arrive to an settlement.