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NBA Establishes Guidelines, Penalties for Opting Out of Season Restart

Players do have the choice to skip the remainder of the season, but must notify their teams by June 24th if they intend to do so.

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The NBA has notified players of the procedure and consequences for opting out of the 2019-20 season restart in Orlando, Florida this summer. NBA players will be allowed to skip the remainder of the season at the cost of 1/92.6 of their salary for each game missed. If a team played 8 games during the restart, a player would lose approximately 8.6% of their salary for a complete absence. Players opting out must notify their team by June 24th.

Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news, obtaining a copy of the memo the league sent to its players.

The NBA has notified players that those exercising their right to sit out the season will not face discipline beyond the loss of salary.

The NBA has also established a category of “protected” players who, upon agreement of medical experts, will be excused from participating due to increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to pre-existing health conditions. Protected players will not lose salary because of their absence.