Ken Berger has some more details about the new CBA

This is going to be short I promise you. Ken Berger of CBS Sports has a piece up that I think has some really important tidbits that will matter moving forward.

  • The minimum team salary will be 80 percent of the salary cap in 2011-12, 85 percent in ’12-’13 and 90 percent in ’13-’14.
  •  The international player buyout amount is increased from $500,000 to $525,000 this year, and by $25,000 each additional season.
  • Player contracts can be renegotiated downward in extensions, as long as the player’s salary does not decrease by more than 40 percent. Previously, renegotiations could only increase a player’s salary. This could provide another key avenue for teams to maintain roster flexibility and add players with space created by restructuring existing contracts, similar to the NFL.
  • Minimum fee for player promotional appearances made on behalf of commercial sponsor set at $3,000 ($3,500 beginning in 2016-17). The fee is $4,000 for appearances beyond eight in a season.
  • Players will have a minimum of 16 days off per season beginning in 2012-13. A joint NBA-NBPA committee will study further improvements to workplace conditions, focusing on such issues as back-to-back games and two-a-days during training camp. 
  • Draft eligibility age remains set at one year removed from high school, with a joint NBA-NBPA committee discussing future changes.
  • Players with three or fewer years of service can receive unlimited assignments to the NBA Development League but will be paid their NBA salaries. Players with more than three years of service can be assigned to the D-League with their consent, for example, for injury rehab.
  • Beginning in 2012-13, players can be tested a maximum of two times during the offseason for performance-enhancing drugs only. Previously, players were subject to four random drug screenings from Oct. 1-June 30. HGH testing is not included, but the joint NBA-NBPA committee will study its possible future inclusion if it is agreed that the tests would be scientifically reliable.
  • For those who really enjoy the fine print, the player per diem is set at $120, training camp compensation is increased to $2,000 per week and housing reimbursement for traded players is increased to $4,500 for three months following the trade.

There are a number of things that I find interesting. I’ve ranted about the salary floor a few days ago.

The salary floor being at 80% means that teams only have to get to a salary floor (or minimum salary) of 46,435,200 instead of 49,435,200. (These are full figures for a season. I’m not doing that 66 of 82 prorating shit.) The salary cap is set at last season’s figure of 58,044,000.

By year 6 of the new CBA, teams could spend 650 K in contributing toward a buyout of an international player. You can bet that with this knowledge, European teams will keep jacking their buyouts of the young players they find even higher than they are now. It’ll be interesting to see, other than those teams that sell their players off for money in these instances, who benefits from this on the NBA side.

The fact that veteran players can be sent down to the NBDL for injury rehab is great. I don’t know if that happens often, but it very well can. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen quite a few times when a player needs to get into game shape after a long layoff.

The per-diem is an interesting point, and that’s especially true about players who are traded. I didn’t realize players got something anything near that when traded. Again, I don’t care what people say: The owners and players are not part of the 99% in any way shape or form. This is a totally lifestyle than the rest of us, even those of us who have lucrative and good jobs, can live.

The last big point is the ability to negotiate a contract down up to 40%. Many people will say it should be more, but that’s not going to happen. It’s only up to the player to agree to that, and that’s that. Only a few superstars who know their teams need cap room to sign a player they want will do that. Most players can’t afford to renegotiate their contract for less dollars to get another player of similar talent. Only stars can. Remember the NFL? Since Berger mentions it and all? Who renegotiates their contracts in the NFL? Stars. Don’t think players are going to get crazy. Players, and owners for that matter, still want their money. A player won’t renegotiate their contract to get a team under the luxury tax for instance (and the team can’t pressure the player to do so). There are lots of way these renegotiations of contracts can happen, but renegotiations could only happen previously when a team had cap room. It’ll be interesting to see under what circumstances renegotiations are allowed.I bet there are going to be only limited circumstances where a team can renegotiate contracts.

For instance, the best 2 instances of a player and renegotiating contracts was Andray Blatche and Nick Collison. Both were done dramatically differently in each case, but both represented unique ways to renegotiate a contract.

Just as a word of advice: Renegotiations sound like a big thing, but they really aren’t. It’s worth keeping in mind that only a few situations even happen (I used Blatche and Collison to illustrate that) where renegotiations are possible. I highly doubt that changes with a new CBA. Okay I think this is it.

Carry on with life now that this life shattering news has pounced upon you.