May 29, 2023

NBA, NBPA Agree On New 7-Year Collective Bargaining Agreement

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association agreed to a new seven-year collective bargaining agreement on Friday night, reported Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The deal starts with the 2023-24 season and includes a mutual opt-out after the sixth year.

The agreement includes several key new details, including the creation of a second salary cap apron of $17.5 million over the tax line where teams will no longer have access to the taxpayer mid-level in free agency.

The deal will also have larger trade exceptions as a way to create more spending and trading opportunities for middle- and lower-spending teams.

The new CBA will also add a mandatory games played of 65 games (with conditions) in order to be eligible for postseason awards.

A new in-season tournament will also start during the 2023-24 season, which includes pool-play games baked into the regular season schedule. Eight teams will then advance to a single-elimination tournament, with the final four possibly taking place in Las Vegas. With in-season tournament games counting towards regular season standings, the two championship teams will play 83 games in a season.

The prize money for the championship team will be $500,000 per player, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic. Charania also adds that marijuana has been removed from the anti-drug testing program.

The two sides also agreed to increase the upper limit on extensions from the current 120% to 140%.

The agreement will also add a third two-way contract slot on team rosters.

Both the owners and players are expected to ratify the agreement in the future.

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