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Lakers’ Danny Green urges players to be smart with their money amid NBA hiatus


Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Danny Green says NBA players have to be very smart with their money moving forward because of the coronavirus shutting play down.

The NBA plans to pay players their next checks on April 1, but haven’t committed yet to next payments due on April 15.

The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement allows the league to reduce player salaries by 1/92.6th for each game missed because of, among other things, epidemics:

“We’re not promised a check past the first of April I believe,” Danny Green said on ESPN’s First Take.

“This is very different than the lockout. We were able to prepare for the lockout, know that there wasn’t going to be basketball for some time and save up. This time, guys were not prepared for this, this happened out of nowhere.

“So they’ve gotta be smart with these last two checks that we’ve received,” the Lakers guard continued. “We may be getting past that, we don’t know yet. If we don’t play the rest of the season, it will affect our check and playoffs as well. We have to be very smart with our money.”

Green and the Lakers had the top record in the West before the season was suspended.

No one knows if the 2019-20 campaign is going to resume, as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country. Two players on the Lakers have the virus. Both players are currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician.

In his first season with the Lakers, Green is averaging 8.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists. The two-time NBA champion is shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free-throw line for the Lakers, who had a record of 49-14 prior to play being stopped.