It’s almost a given: An NBA lockout will come sooner rather than later.
The NBA has already started talks with the union that represents its players, which is expected to conclude this month.
But a lockout also requires a resolution to the ongoing dispute over the salary cap.
So, while the NBA is expected by many to announce a new deal in coming weeks, there’s a possibility the lockout could extend well beyond that.
The NBA has been negotiating for months to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the players’ union, the Players Association (PA).
That means negotiations are expected to continue into the summer, with no end in sight until the league reaches a final deal.
What the league is doing right now is negotiating the CBA with the NBAPA.
The deal has been in the works for years.
But negotiations are at a point now where the players are at an impasse.
“We are getting close to the point where the CAB [the CBA] will be final,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters last week.
“We need to make sure that we get that deal done and then move forward.”
The CBA was negotiated by the players union and the league in 2015.
The players were adamant that they wanted to keep the cap at $95 million, which they thought was reasonable.
But the league was adamant that the players want to keep their salaries, which are expected $90 million.
In an attempt to bring the cap under control, the players agreed to a salary cap of $90.3 million.
The cap was then increased by $3.2 million to $100 million.
That’s where things are now.
This means that at some point in the future, the cap will need to be increased by another $3 million to bring it under control.
This would require the league to increase the salaries of every player from $20.5 million to an average of $26 million a year.
If that happened, the NBA would have to pay the players another $7.5 billion, or approximately $40 million a day.
How do we get the cap to $90m?
In order to increase revenue, the league would have needed to increase its spending, which would require a substantial increase in payroll.
The league would also have to increase advertising revenue by an additional $4 million per year.
The salaries would need to go up, too, to keep up with the cost of living.
So, to be clear, the money the league spends will not be able to cover the increased costs of the players.
According to ESPN’s Mike Breen, the only way the cap could be raised to $95m is if the players collectively agreed to the salary hike.
Breen said the league “does not have the ability to unilaterally raise the cap,” and that the NBA has agreed to increase payroll by an amount equal to the difference between the two salaries.
Does that mean the NBA will go out of business?
“Yes,” Silver said when asked if he would “have to go out and buy some time” if the CTA did not go through.
“It is very important to me, and I believe it is important to the players, to get the CPA to the table.”
Is there a deal in place?
Silver and the players have been working on a new agreement for months, and it’s been on the table for months.
But it has not been finalized, so the league will have to negotiate in good faith.
Will the NBA be able make the cuts needed to make a deal?
The CBA calls for the NBA to cut down to the minimum 30 players per team in the next calendar year, which means that the league has to cut to 30 players this season.
That means the league may not be in a position to cut the roster down to a certain number of players in 2019-20.
But if the league does not make cuts this season, the CDA would need a new CBA in 2021, which includes the salary ceiling increase.
Is it possible that the lockout would be resolved this year?
The lockout is unlikely to end in this season unless both sides can agree on a deal.
Silver has said that the two sides have reached an agreement on a tentative agreement.
If that deal is accepted by both sides, then the CCA could agree to extend the lockout.
Who has a say in the lockout?
Both sides have a stake in the outcome of the lockout, and the NBA and the union have been negotiating the deal since 2015.
However, the union has said the deal must be ratified by both the players and the owners.
Do the players need a guarantee that they’ll be paid their full salary?
Players are not entitled to the full salary they’re owed under the CFA, which comes from the players association and is meant to keep players from