Among the benefits of the new collective-bargaining agreement that goes into place on July 1 are automatic raises for players whose previous contracts fall below the minimum thresholds set in the new agreement, included in that group are the Heat’s Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson, Willie Reed and Rodney McGruder. For Richardson, it’s an additional $500,000 on top of the $1 million he was scheduled to receive next season. For Winslow, a $400,000 boost next season and then a $1.1 million boost if the Heat choose to exercise their rookie-scale option on his 2018-19 salary. In addition, the new rules allow for Richardson to sign an extension next season.
Should McGruder make it through this season’s Jan. 10 contract-guarantee date, the rookie swingman would receive a $400,000 increase under the new CBA for his previously negotiated non-guaranteed 2017-18 salary. In addition, the player option that Reed holds for 2017-18 goes up $500,000 as a result of the new agreement. “It’s always good when you’re making more money than you thought you would,” Reed said. “I was excited when I found out. I’m just looking forward to where the NBA is going to go from here.
The 2017 CBA added a veteran-designated-player rule to further help teams retain their biggest stars, a particular benefit to the small-market teams that tend to lose those free agents to bigger markets. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: Yet, privately, there are still small-market executives who will tell you that the NBA and players association didn’t go far enough in this agreement. Some smaller-market executives still believe they’ll struggle to keep stars, think the league should go as far as skewing salaries for players on teams in higher-tax-bracket states, eliminating the edge that places like Texas and Florida have with no state income tax.