The NBPA is pushing for more money in their collective bargaining agreement talks with the owners for retired players.
The NBA and its players have agreed that the next CBA will include new league-funded programs to help retired players with education and medical expenses.
In exchange for those programs, and pending full approval from both sides, the split of basketball-related income would remain the same "50-50" deal as it is in the current agreement.
The main issue during the lockout of 2011 was how the owners and players would split up Basketball Related Income.
For LeBron James, NBPA President Chris Paul and the rest of the union, taking care of those who are no longer playing is a worthy compromise for trying to recoup any of the financial ground lost during the 2011 labor dispute.
"We got a group of guys that are in there that know the negotiations, so any way to give back and try to help our former teammates and help former players and things of that nature," James said. "Because we've all built this league together. No matter how big of a guy you were or if you were the 15th guy on the bench, we all built this league into what it is today. But it's not just my idea. I'm not taking any credit for that. But it's all part of the process."