How the NBA's New Collective Bargaining Agreement Impacts the Trail Blazers
Breaking down the new labor agreement's implications for Portland.
The NBA is headed for an offseason with big questions about what certain teams will look like. One of the questions the league will not be facing is whether fans should worry about a work stoppage this summer.
Last month, the NBA and players' union announced that they've tentatively agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement that will last through the end of the decade, ensuring another six to seven years of labor peace.
That part is great news for everybody. Most of you are old enough to remember the 2011 lockout. It sucked. No one wants another one. And there won't be one.
As far as the new CBA, there's some interesting stuff in there, and some pretty significant changes with wide-ranging impacts. The official 91-page term sheet outlining the changes has been sent out to teams, player agents and others, and I was able to get my hands on a copy. Everything below is straight from the source, not from the scattered reported details that have trickled out in the past month since the agreement was announced.
There's going to be a lot more to unpack in the coming weeks and months, but there are aspects of the new labor deal that will directly affect the Trail Blazers.