The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced that they have agreed on terms for tentative 7 year labor CBA or Collective Bargaining Agreement.
While this deal has not been finalized completely, the pending ratification by owners and players is expected to get done within just several days. Both sides agreed to extend the deadline for opting out of the current CBA to give them enough time in reviewing their terms and hold separate votes needed to ratify the 7-year deal that contains an opt out section for every party after the 6th year.
While both sides have started to share some particular details within their groups, there are some new provisions that leaked out about the new deal and the set to include.
There are some things to expect with the tentative 7-year CBA. One addition is the designated veteran provision, which could enable teams to add up to 5 guaranteed years onto the current deal, making the contract extensions more attractive to retrain the loyalties of the player. This could be advantageous for the players including DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook, and Paul George, who could add 5 more years to their contract year this month of July.
The second change is that the existing slotted values fixed in CBA will be increased by at least fifty percent and this could include a rookie-scale contract system and a lot of salary cap exceptions including bi-annual, tax payer exception, and mid-level.
Another change is the all new 2-way contract that will be introduced and will enable the teams to carry a sixteenth and seventeenth roster spot. While the teams will only be allowed to have thirteen active players prior to the game, this will enable them to retain the rights to 2 players that go back and forth from D-League, which is the thing that majority of the teams are currently doing by default as a part of the farm system.
Such new deals will pay the players one rate for the time spent in D-League and an NBA rate when they’re brought to their NBA team. The other major change is actually a rule called “over 38”, which is basically an increase from the current over 36 rule that limits the contract’s length by the time they turn that age. This is the rule that matters to majority of players such as Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, and Paul. Each of them would look for this big contract in the coming years.
The salary cap system and core revenue structure are the same with the players sharing in the band of revenues between forty-nine and fifty-one percent of every basketball related income. Since there aren’t any big economic changes, it is unlikely the new deal that comes with an amnesty clause.
There would be more reports regarding the newer things included in the new 7-year CBA before the real terms are released. Yet, at this moment, actual terms do not really matter. The vital thing is that both players and owners have come to an agreement quelling fears regarding a potential lockout next season.