NBA, Players Discuss Plan To Require Fill-Ins For Teams Hit By COVID

The NBA and union are discussing a plan that would force teams hit hard by players entering COVID protocols to add replacement players, per Adrian Wojnarowski and Baxter Holmes of ESPN. NBA Logo

A major reason for this is NBA owners are hoping to avoid postponements and cancellations, and have come to an agreement on updating the hardship exception rule, Wojnarowski and Holmes relayed. The players association would have to approve such an arrangement, of course.

In the proposed plan, after the first case of COVID, a team would be permitted to add a 10-day player, league sources said, but after a second, third and fourth case, teams would be required to add a 10-day player,” Wojnarowski and Holmes reported.

“Teams would be limited to three replacement players, but the new plan would, overall, require teams to maintain enough depth so that the league wouldn’t be forced to cancel or postpone games because some teams didn’t have the league-required eight healthy players.”

Under the plan, the salaries of players with 10-day contracts would not count against the salary cap or result in luxury-tac penalties — which is a major change from the current rules.

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