The player's elected representatives have been there the whole time. Even though this is not a union anymore, they are still functioning as one. I doubt that the player's reps were not up to speed, and if they were they were negligent in doing their job. At any rate, in other union negotiations the contracts are negotiated by the reps, and the union typically votes on the reps recommendations. As such, I do not buy the "they need time to read the contract" argument. I have not seen the deal...that is correct. My comment was more to the tactics I am seeing D. Smith utilizing. I have seen this before (moving the goalposts at the 11th hour), usually done by someone getting paid by the hour....which is why I equate him to a T&M litigator. Hopefully the players wake up to this soon, before it really starts hitting them in the wallet.