Report: NBA won't commit to
players' pay beyond April 1
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[March 21, 2020]
NBA players will get their paychecks as scheduled on April 1,
but the fate of salaries beyond that date is unclear, ESPN's Adrian
Wojnarowski reported Friday night.
The next payday after April 1 would be April 15. At that point, it's
possible the NBA could cut or suspend salaries with the league still
shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a league
memo sent Friday to the teams, Wojnarowski reported.
The lost revenue from the shutdown reportedly could prompt the
league to invoke a clause in the collective bargaining agreement
that permits reducing players' salaries by 1/92.6 per canceled game
due to "catastrophic circumstances." The list of such conditions
includes war, natural disasters and epidemics/pandemics, per the
The NBA regular season had been scheduled to end April 15. While all
teams have played between 63 and 67 of their 82 games (77 percent to
82 percent), ESPN's Bobby Marks reported that players will have
received approximately 90 percent of their salaries once they get
their April 1 checks.
The league closed down on March 11, after a positive coronavirus
test for Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was shared with the team and
the NBA. Commissioner Adam Silver announced March 12 that the hiatus
would last at least 30 days.
Wojnarowski reported Sunday that NBA owners are preparing for a
scenario in which games won't resume before mid-June -- the point
when the playoffs are normally concluding.
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An NBA logo is seen on
the facade of its flagship store at the Wangfujing shopping street
in Beijing, China October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
Silver said Wednesday in an ESPN interview that the league could
consider restarting its schedule with games played in empty arenas.
He added that it's possible the 2020-21 season could end up running
December through August instead of October through June.
Ten NBA players are known to have tested positive for COVID-19,
though only five of those have been publicly identified: Gobert,
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, injured Brooklyn Nets forward
Kevin Durant, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood and Boston
Celtics guard Marcus Smart.
Three other Nets players and two Los Angeles Lakers players also
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