NBA players to be paid in full on April 15

National Basketball Association players are receiving their full paychecks on April 15, even as no games have been played for nearly a month amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The league continues to negotiate with the National Basketball Players Association about the overall status of player paychecks during the ongoing hiatus. But individual teams on April 9 received a memo indicating the next pay period will be honored as normal. Players are typically paid on the 1st and 15th of every month. 

It is not known whether the upcoming pay periods will remain as scheduled, however, as the collective bargaining agreement has a force majeure clause that could see the players each forfeit 1.08 per cent of their respective annual salaries for each canceled game. 

The NBA’s 2019-20 season has been suspended since March 11, when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for Covid-19, and because that halt remains a suspension to date, none of the 259 unplayed games between then and April 15 have been canceled. 

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said there will not be a decision on when, how, or if to resume the season until at least May.

In the meantime, the league is reviewing potential options for resuming play, including a single-site scenario where the entire postseason is played in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Major League Baseball last month reached an agreement with the MLB Players Association on its player payment issues during the pandemic, striking a deal where players will be advanced $170m in two stages, with that money not needing to be returned if the entire 2020 season is canceled. MLB players also will earn full amount of service time during the hiatus. 

As negotiations continue, it is possible the NBA and NBPA will ultimately forge their own bargained agreement to specifically cover the pandemic, starting with the next scheduled pay period on May 1.