With the 2019-20 NBA season indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, it is likely only a matter of time until players start seeing diminished paychecks. But that time isn’t this week, as it was reported that players will receive the full amount due to them on their April 15 checks.
The news was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
The news counts as a win for the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).
Last week it was reported that the NBA was hoping for a 50% salary reduction for players, beginning on April 15. That obviously didn’t happen. The NBPA was reportedly pushing for a 25% reduction beginning in mid-May, though we’ll have to wait and see where things land.
NBA and NBPA have been negotiating a withholding of a percentage of players salaries per upcoming paycheck dates. Next up: May 1 checks. League would keep percentage of salaries based on canceled games. https://t.co/4GHbSPpxGJ— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 9, 2020
As it stands, the Golden State Warriors and players on the other 29 teams will at least receive full paychecks on Wednesday, and that’s a good start.
For what it’s worth, standard NBA paychecks run bi-monthly for a full year. So even though the regular season was scheduled to end on April 15, the players will not have their 2019-20 season fully paid out.
The NBPA is led by president Chris Paul and first vice president Andre Iguodala.