The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have finalized terms of the revised collective bargaining agreement for the Orlando restart of the 2019-20 season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
All items in Saturday’s league memo to teams have been agreed upon. There is, however, one change for the use of replacement players in Orlando, according to a league-wide memo: Replacing a player who tests positive for COVID-19 must occur no later than seven days after the player who tested positive resumes training.
The league’s transaction window will start at noon ET, though a few teams have already had verbal agreements with players.
Both sides have agreed to put into place an enhanced insurance plan for players who take part in the restart, which would cover career-ending injuries related to the coronavirus or conventional basketball injuries. That group policy would cover players for several million dollars.
This agreement ties one of the last few strands before the NBA takes the hardwood again. Part of the NBPA expressed concerned with potential career-derailing injuries after a long layoff, potential exposure to the novel coronavirus, as well as the stringent rules that involved family at Walt Disney World.
The optics of playing a season amid civil unrest through the Black Lives Matter movement also arose as a reason for concern.
Players have agreed that letting the season continue is the best course of action, though a few players can still opt out of the restart as late as Wednesday.