Basketball Wiretap

Rookie Scale, Vet Minimum, Free Agent Exceptions Could Increase By 50 Percent

Oct 21, 2016 11:11 AM

As part of the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement, there will be a raise for the rookie-scale, veteran minimum and free-agent exception deals.

Rises in those salaries could come in the 50 percent range over current numbers, sources said.

The first year rookie scale for the 16-17 season ranges from $4,919,300 for the top overall pick to $976,300 for the 30th pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical


Restricted Free Agency To Become Easier On Players In New CBA

Oct 20, 2016 8:34 PM

The NBA's new collective bargaining agreement will be more favorable for restricted free agents.

Restricted free agents will be allowed to sign offer sheets with teams immediately on July 1st instead of waiting for the end of the moratorium, typically on July 7th.

Incumbent teams will now have 48 hours to match instead of 72 hours.

Teams will also not be allowed to pull qualifying offers to restricted free agents before July 31st. 

Brian Windhorst/ESPN


Amnesty Provision Not Expected As Part Of New CBA

Oct 20, 2016 8:25 PM

The NBA is unlikely to include an amnesty clause as part of their new collective bargaining agreement.

In each of the past two CBAs, teams could use an amnesty to remove any existing contract from their salary cap.

An amnesty provision, for example, would have allowed the Miami Heat to resolve their stalemate with Chris Bosh to ensure the remaining $75 million over the next three years would be removed for cap and luxury tax purposes.

There were 21 teams that used the amnesty provision following the 2011 CBA:

Charlotte: Tyrus Thomas
Chicago: Carlos Boozer
Cleveland: Baron Davis
Dallas: Brendan Haywood
Denver: Chris Andersen
Golden State: Charlie Bell
Houston: Luis Scola
Indiana: James Posey
LA Clippers: Ryan Gomes
LA Lakers: Metta World Peace
Miami: Mike Miller
Milwaukee: Drew Gooden
Minnesota: Darko Milicic 
Brooklyn: Travis Outlaw
New York: Chauncey Billups
Orlando: Gilbert Arenas
Philadelphia: Elton Brand
Phoenix: Josh Childress
Portland: Brandon Roy
Toronto: Linas Kleiza
Washington: Andray Blatche

Brian Windhorst/ESPN


36-And-Over Rule Will Be Increased To 38 In New CBA

Oct 20, 2016 7:48 PM

With Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony taking on significant roles within the players union, there will be a change in the new collective bargaining agreement of the current 36-and-over rule.

The rule prohibited players from signing five-year max contracts if their 36th birthday occurs within the life of the deal.

The NBA and union have tentatively agreed to change the rule to over 38. The change will give players a significant increase in the amount of guaranteed money they can command.

Paul has an early termination option in his contract in 2017 and will already be 32 in the offseason. James can re-enter the market in 2018 if he declines his player option for 18-19 when he'll be 33 years old. Anthony can also become a free agent in 2018 when he'll be 34.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical


Owners, Players Close To New CBA With BRI Split Remaining Unchanged

Oct 20, 2016 7:42 PM

The NBA owners and players are close to finalizing a new collective bargaining agreement.

The two sides met on Wednesday with Adam Silver and Michele Roberts leading talks over several months.

The owners and players believe a finalized deal is inevitable within the next few weeks, with sides already agreeing upon most of the major issues in the deal. Some of the smaller provisions still need to be agreed upon.

The NBA and its union will avoid a possible work stoppage in 2017.

Among the principles in agreement, the NBA’s Basketball Related Income (BRI) split will remain unchanged in a new agreement, league sources said. The players receive a share in the range of 49 to 51 percent of the current BRI.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical


David Stern Believes NBA In 'Very Good Place' On Revenue Split Between Owners, Players

Oct 20, 2016 2:05 PM

David Stern is staying busy in retirement but he's stayed entirely out of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement talks. Stern was still commissioner in 2011 when the NBA engaged in a contentious lockout with the players.

“No. Not at all," said Stern when asked if he's involved. "I didn’t know there—are there CBA negotiations? No, I’m not involved.”

Stern was also asked if he misses the talks. During the previous talks, the players' share of Basketball Related Income was cut from 57 percent to 51.15 percent in 11-12 and would fluctuate between 49 to 51 percent after that.

“Oh, a lot," said Stern. "I don’t miss—that’s when I got my least amount of sleep. But I’m proud to say that the league has gotten to a very good place in terms of the players’ share and the owners’ share. What they can all see is that this is something that it pays to keep going. It’s fun to watch from a distance and not be involved.”

Jared Weiss/Sports Illustrated


Several Competitive Balance Tweaks Expected In New CBA

Oct 18, 2016 5:19 PM

The NBA's new collective bargaining agreement is expected to contain a few new elements to improve competitive balance.

League sources say the primary fix that is expected is a mechanism to prevent another massive cap spike. The jump in the cap in 2016 allowed the Warriors to add Kevin Durant to a team that had already been to two straight Finals.

Another element expected to added is the ability for teams to sign their own players to multiyear extensions before they become free agents, which was eliminated in the 2011 labor deal.

There could also be tweaks to the "max" salary formula to make it more difficult to collect superstars.

“They’re going to go back and clear things up that enabled this to happen,” one general manager said.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report


NBA, NBPA To Formally Meet On Wednesday

Oct 16, 2016 2:00 PM

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday in New York as they move closer to a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The NBA's annual board of governors session is scheduled for Thursday. 

Sources say there is rising optimism on both sides of the bargaining table that the basic framework of a deal can be achieved as early as this month.

The current collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the NBAPA runs through June 2021, with both sides holding the right until Dec. 15 to express an intent to opt out in 2017.

In addition to the NBA's two-day board of governors session at the end of this week, both Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts are expected to have joint media availabilities scheduled for the opening night of the regular season on Oct. 25.

Ian Begley, Dave McMenamin/ESPN


Split Of BRI Will Remain Unchanged In New CBA

Oct 13, 2016 8:28 PM

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."

Jon Krawczynski, Tim Reynolds/AP


NBA Could Begin Expansion Talks After Signing New CBA

Oct 13, 2016 12:18 PM

The NBA could open up expansion bidding once a new collective bargaining agreement is in place.

Seattle has been without a franchise since the Sonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008 and would figure to be a leading candidate to receive an expansion team.

Louisville, Pittsburgh, Omaha, Las Vegas, Vancouver and Mexico City are other candidates for a team.

The NBA's new television contract reportedly has expansion escalators that would further incentivize the league to add teams on top of the expansion fee though they would have two additional revenue partners.

Kevin Nesgoda/Sonics Rising


LeBron James Credits Early Start To CBA Talks For Current Optimism
LeBron James is an executive vice president for the union.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Adam Silver Confirms CBA Talks Progressing Positively
Michele Roberts replaced Billy Hunter and there's been a better spirit of cooperation so far with Adam Silver.

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NBA, NBPA Optimistic Of New CBA Within Next Few Weeks
The two sides have made significant progress during their talks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Changes To Arenas Rule Provision Could Be Part Of New CBA
A change to the Arenas provision would allow matching teams to distribute the salary more evenly across the length of the contract.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

ESPN's NBA Deal Reportedly Hurting Disney Stock
Disney's deal to televise NBA games, with its increase in costs over last year, could shave as much as 5 percent off pre-tax profits.

Richard Morgan/New York Post

NBA, Union Meeting Regularly With Optimism Of New CBA By December
Adam Silver and a group of owners who make up the labor relations committee have been regularly meeting with Michele Roberts and her staff.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN