Michele Roberts Rumors
From the NBA: The new Collective Bargaining Agreement was ratified this week by the NBA players and NBA Board of Governors. The new agreement will take effect on July 1, 2017 and run through the 2023-24 season. The parties voted based on a term sheet that outline the key deal points. Once the NBA and NBPA finish drafting and execute the complete agreement, specific details will be released.
Jeff Zillgitt: NBA players have ratified the collective bargaining agreement, making the deal between the league and NBPA official, I’ve been told.
“That’s amazing, great,” Chris Paul, the president of the players association, told reporters Wednesday. “I was on the phone with [NBPA executive director Michele Roberts] today. I’m excited. I’m happy for the league. I’m happy for our fans, owners, everyone who’s involved. It’s a great thing.
Time of service matters but the Players Association will fund the program, through UnitedHealthcare, for all former players who played at least three years. Those with 10 or more years will receive family coverage. “The players to my, frankly, delight, were receptive to the idea and felt it was something important that they should do for both the retired players and for themselves at some level because they’re all going to be retired players too one day,” Roberts said.
Silver and Roberts are working in a different time, and have been willing to give one another the benefit of the doubt as they build their relationship. Both are strong-willed, but don’t have the sense/need for the dramatic flourishes of their predecessors. “Definitely, the pile of money helps,” a source familiar with the discussions noted last week. (As the deal is not yet done, both sides have continued to respect a news blackout on the state of negotiations, though details of the progress between the sides leaked out a month ago.)