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NBPA, NBA G League players ‘discuss forming union’

The National Basketball Players Association and players from the National Basketball Association’s developmental G League are engaged in serious discussions about a potential unionizing effort, according to multiple reports.

Union officials plan to meet with a number of players at the G League Showcase in Las Vegas this week. According to ESPN, the two sides are interested in a collective bargaining agreement that would include “salaries, broader benefit packages and travel”. A vote by players on the issue is expected by the end of the month.

“We support the players’ right to unionize,” G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim told ESPN in a statement. “We view this as a positive thing and are looking to continue to grow our league for the players to develop and accomplish their dreams.”

G League players currently earn a base salary of $35,000 for the five-month season. Salaries also can be enhanced through bonuses and call-ups to NBA teams.

Last week, it was announced that that NBA is continuing its outreach into Mexico by starting an NBA G League team in Mexico City from next season.

Capitanes, which currently competes in Mexico’s Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional, will join the G League in the 2020-21 season as its 29th team. The team will be the first in the league from outside the United States and Canada, and the first without an NBA affiliation.