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Current CBA opt-out deadline extended to one day before NBA trade deadline


The NBA and NBPA mutually agreed to extend the deadline to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA), in connection with ongoing efforts to reach a new agreement.

The league and players association will now have until February 8, 2023 to decide whether to opt out.

If either party opts out, the current CBA will end on June 30, 2023. The previous deadline was set for December 15, 2022.

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A detail of the NBA logo during a preseason game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Atlanta Hawks on October 14, 2022 at Legacy Arena Center in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Talks on a new collective agreement are ongoing, but the possibility of either party withdrawing from the agreement leaves the door open for a potential NBA work stoppage on July 1, 2023.

The new dates give the league and union more time to pursue a new long-term deal. February is going to be a busy month for the NBA as the new deadline falls just one day before the league’s trade deadline.

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The NBA All-Star game is also scheduled for February 19, 2023.

As part of the talks, the NBA is looking to adopt a firm salary cap. If implemented, the rule would adjust the amount teams in the league can spend on their respective rosters.

A Wilson brand basketball with the NBA logo is displayed during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Little Caesars Arena on November 27, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan.

A Wilson brand basketball with the NBA logo is displayed during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Little Caesars Arena on November 27, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Currently, teams can spend above the NBA salary cap, but are penalized with a luxury tax. The recently proposed “spending upper limit” would create an absolute spending ceiling that would effectively eliminate the luxury tax option.

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The potential change has met with significant resistance from the union, according to The Associated Press. The CBA serves as the governing manual for the entire league.

The NBA logo is displayed during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Little Caesars Arena on November 27, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan.

The NBA logo is displayed during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Little Caesars Arena on November 27, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan.
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The terms of the collective bargaining agreement are negotiated between the league and the players’ union, the NBPA. It plays a role in how just about every part of the NBA works, from the draft to free agency and just about everything in between.

Another item that could be on the negotiating table is lowering the league’s age limit rule. The NBA currently requires that any player entering the NBA Draft be at least 19 years old during the calendar year in which the draft takes place.

The player must also spend at least one NBA season out of high school.

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The extension of the opt-out period indicates that the two parties may not be at an impasse. Both the NBA and the NBAPA will have to work together to prevent a lockout.



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