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REPORT: 90 percent of NBA players have received less than half of their 2019-20 salary

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Approximately 90 percent of NBA players will have received less than half of their 2019-20 salaries by the time April 1st checks go out because they are on 12-month payment plans, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

There are less than 20 players in the NBA who have negotiated “all-you-can-get” deals that feature the maximum allowable salary advance, alongside an accelerated six-month payment schedule.

Nine NBA players who receive more than 90 percent of their 2019-20 salaries by April 1st are represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, including Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, Lakers shooting guard Kentavious-Caldwell Pope, San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray and Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges.

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant and guard Kyrie Irving, along with Detroit Pistons high-flyer Blake Griffin and Chicago Bulls swingman Otto Porter Jr., are also on similar deals in which they have an accelerated payment schedule.

It is not yet known if NBA players will receive their scheduled April 15th salaries in full. The NBA was forced to suspend the 2019-20 season after Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.

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.