Will Kirilenko, Parker and Spree get paid?

Updated: October 28, 2004, 11:32 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Training camp is supposed to be a time for optimism for all 30 teams. So, why has there been so much distress and controversy in camp this year?

It's tied primarily to a growing nervousness among players that the rules of the collective bargaining agreement are nearing expiration. So far, only four players out of a possible 50 or so eligible players have gotten their contract extensions done.

Everyone from Andrei Kirilenko to Latrell Sprewell has been pouting about their owner's unwillingness to offer a big fat extension before the deadline.

What gives? Owners know that the collective bargaining agreement will likely change in their favor. The owners are hoping that the next round of contracts will have fewer guaranteed years and smaller raises – something the players obviously want to avoid.

With the deadline for the draft class of 2001 just a few days away, here's a quick look around the league on where the extension talks stands.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer