The NBA and NBPA have agreed to a new seven-year collective bargaining agreement, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
That means the rest of the 2020s is set between the league and the players’ union. The new CBA will have a mutual opt-out after year six and will begin in the 2023-24 season, when the current CBA is set to expire.
Both sides initially agreed to extend an early withdrawal deadline from Friday before a new deal is reached. Wojnarowski previously reported that a new contract was imminent. The league confirmed the new contract early Saturday, and NBA governors and players are expected to ratify it in the next few weeks.
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Details of the new CBA between the NBA and the Players Association
Some of the details regarding the new collective bargaining agreement were reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Here are some new provisions from the latest CBA:
1. The NBA will seek to restore equality among teams. Big-spending teams will have a second salary cap of about $17.5 million above the luxury tax line. Teams that will go over the second salary cap can no longer use a tax mid-level player during free agency.
2. Load management has been an issue around the league over the past few seasons. Fans are starting to be unhappy with players who sit on the field even if they are not injured. The new CBA now has a 65-game obligation for stars looking to win major individual awards at the end of the season.
3. The NBA will introduce a new in-season tournament that will likely begin next season. They will be played in November, and the “cup games” will be included in the 82-game regular season. Eight teams will advance to the knockout stage, while the two finalists will have an additional game in the regular season.
4. All-Star players would benefit from the new extension cap rule. The new CBA is now 140% compared to a 120% increase in the last deal. Some of the players expected to benefit from the new provision include Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics and Domantas Sabonis of the Sacramento Kings.
5. Teams now have additional two-way contract slots, from two to three. Two-way deals have been successful, especially for teams with a knack for finding hidden gems from undrafted free agents and the G League.
6. In what could be great news for players like Kevin Durant, the use of marijuana is no longer prohibited under the new CBA. The drug has already been removed from the league’s 2019 testing program, but it appears there will be no restrictions going forward.
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