NBA, Players’ Union Begin Preliminary Bargaining Session

The NBA and NBA Players Association are holding preliminary bargaining talks on the collective bargaining agreement Wednesday in Boston, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.Adam Silver

Each side can opt out of the current CBA in December, Wojnarowski noted, writing that the league and union “are preparing for serious talks on a new CBA across coming months.”

The most recent CBA started in the 2017-18 season and runs through 2023-24. As always, it dictates the rules of trades, the draft, contracts, revenue distribution and the salary cap, along with several other items that keep the big business of pro basketball churning.

One of the topics making the rounds is shortening the length of the regular season from its current format of 82 games. But Pelicans guard and NBPA president CJ McCollum said on ESPN that is not something the players favor.

“Saying that this rule (reducing the games from 82) is appeasing the players is blasphemy,” McCollum said, via Ishaan Bhattacharya of Fadeaway World.  “There’s a lot of players who just wanna play 82 games, they want to protect the identity of this league and the legacy of this league. We have to figure out collectively as a whole what’s best for us. These things have only been discussed so far, there is no definitive plan of action.”

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