Marc Stein: Back to what we intro’d Friday: Word is the 2017-18 NBA season will start in the Oct. 15-20 range with the exhibition slate reduced slightly
Marc Stein: Friday column update: Hearing now that extensions to rookie-scale deals are likely to stay as they are — AFTER Year 3 — in the new NBA CBA
League sources say there’s a strong likelihood that the start of the 2017-18 season will be moved up a week to 10 days, which is yet another measure aimed at reducing the number of back-to-backs teams face over the course of 82 games. We’re hearing that opening night next season is likely to fall in the Oct. 15-20 range, which would be achieved by shortening the preseason schedule from its longstanding eight-game max per team to five or six exhibition games.
There’s a real chance, I’m told, that the forthcoming labor deal will enable teams to sign prized first-round draft choices to extensions after Year 2 of their rookie-scale deals. Players are currently eligible for such extensions after Year 3, resulting in the mega-contracts we saw over the summer for Portland’s C.J. McCollum and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and the flurry of deals (Rudy Gobert, Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo, etc.) we just witnessed on Halloween.
Monroe was grateful for a program unanimously approved by the Players Association, a program that will provide health care for former players and will be funded by current players at a cost of $12 million-to-$14 million annually. “He and I were both getting an award,” Roberts said. “He turned and thanked me, thanked the players through me for this. He said that within the context of sharing with the audience that he alone had had 43 surgeries.” Well, that was not quite true. Upon recount, Monroe said it’s actually 47 surgeries.