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Adam Silver says Kevin Durant's move shows CBA needs change

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Kevin Durant's free agency move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors continues to cause a stir around the league. It seems everyone has voiced their opinion on the deal - with many being against it - and the 2014 Most Valuable Player has come out of the whole saga as a pantomime villain.

His decision to switch teams in the Western Conference has legitimately led to the formation of two superteams with the Cleveland Cavaliers being the dominant force in the east.

Commissioner Adam Silver is the latest to have his say on the deal and he believes it is not exactly a good thing for the association and highlights why some changes need to be made to the Collective Bargaining Agreement to help breed competitiveness. However, he stopped short of criticising KD.

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He said: "Just to be absolutely clear, I do not think that's ideal from the league standpoint. For me, part of it is designing a collective bargaining agreement that encourages the distribution of great players throughout the league.

"On the other hand, I absolutely respect a player's right to become a free agent and in this case for Kevin Durant to make a decision that he feels is best for him. I have no idea what's in his mind or heart in terms of how he went about making that decision."

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On the topic of the CBA, he added: "In a way, the good news is that we are in a collective bargaining cycle, so it gives everybody an opportunity -- owners and the union -- to sit down behind closed doors and take a fresh look at the system and see if there is a better way that we can do it. My belief is we can make it better."

The most recent edition of the CBA was signed in 2011 and will run for ten years, however, there is an opt-out clause that can be utilised by either party next year. Silver said talks with the union have been productive so far but insisted both parties would have to come together.

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"There are things and corrections we can make in the system," Silver said. "Of course, I'm not going to negotiate here with the union, but it requires two parties to make those changes. I think we've had very productive discussions with the union so far and we will continue to do so."

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