Michele Roberts Rumors
I wanted to chat with you a little bit about your involvement with the NBA Foundation, which seeks to drive economic empowerment for Black communities through employment and career advancement. What is your role there and how did you get involved? Harrison Barnes: NBPA director Michele Roberts reached out and asked if I had an interest in being a part of the foundation. I had seen information before about how big the funding for the foundation was going to be and what some of the principles were early on and so I knew what it was about. The main premise is that every year, each time will make significant contributions to the community. This will help with opportunities beyond simply just doing an event, whether that is helping kids go to college or giving them career skills. I was honored to be considered and I told her I would be ecstatic to do it. Now, I am really looking forward to working with the board members to hopefully make a change.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Play-in Tournament still needs to be approved by the Board of Governors, but that is a formality, per sources: No. 7 and No. 8 seeds need to win once to stay in playoffs; No. 9 and No. 10 seeds need to win twice to move up into field. Tentative dates of event: May 17-21.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA and NBPA have agreed that each side will have the right to terminate the Collective Bargaining Agreement following the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons, sources tell ESPN. There was already a mutual option to terminate following 2022-2023 season.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Tentative schedule December 22: Opening night. All-Star Break (minus an ASG): March 5-10 May 16: Regular season ends May 17-to-21: Play-in tournament for 7-to-10 seeds. May 22: First-round playoffs June 7: Conference semifinals June 22: Conference Finals July 8-22: NBA Finals
Shams Charania: The NBA and NBPA are extending today’s deadline to Monday for either side to serve notice on terminating the collective bargaining agreement, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Sides will continue working to finalize CBA issues.
Several players pushed for the start of free agency soon after the Nov. 18 NBA Draft. Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 were mentioned as possibilities. — The NBA and union are discussing an escrow of player salaries in the 10-to-20 percent range — likely landing around 17-to-18 percent — over the next two years before a hopeful return to the normal 10 percent withholding in 2022-23. —NBPA executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver spoke on Thursday morning, where the aspect of the television networks “suddenly” pursuing Christmas week came up.