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NBA, Players’ Union Conference Call Reveals Plenty About Plans to Resume Play

The Commissioner reveals plenty of perilous issues in his talk with the NBPA.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver held a conference call with the National Basketball Players Association and NBA players this afternoon, addressing league-wide concerns over COVID-19. According to multiple members of the media, Silver and the players covered wide-ranging ground during the call. Here are the highlights.

When and where games might resume

On fans attending games

On league finances

It’s worth noting that this could become a HUGE issue. Salary cap is based on basketball revenue earned in the season prior. The current hiatus has torn a giant chunk out of the revenue stream. If the league and the union don’t change their collective bargaining agreement, the league could well post a 2020-21 salary cap that every team has already exceeded with their current contracts. Free agent money would be non-existent, confined to cap exceptions. The luxury tax is based off of the revenue number as well, meaning teams whose ledgers looked safe and sensible last summer could end up as surprise taxpayers this year.

On travel during the hiatus

On COVID-19 testing

A salient question on the topic...

Earlier we published a separate post on players’ concerns about individual workouts. And we covered Adam Silver’s thoughts on the playoff “bubble teams” like Portland.

Link to Shams Charania’s conference call summary

Link to Adrian Wojnarowski’s conference call summary