'It was a negotiation': Thunder's Chris Paul downplays NBA player pay reduction
Chris Paul addressed player pay reduction in a teleconference with local media on Wednesday.
“Just like with anything, it was a negotiation,” said Paul, president of the National Basketball Players Association. “… It was one of many discussions that we’re always having.”
He added that coverage of it was "blown out of proportion," especially with the coronavirus pandemic affecting so many aspects of life.
Last week, the NBA and its players union announced that they had agreed to withhold 25 percent of players’ twice-monthly paychecks. The change will go into effect on May 15, “in order to provide players with a more gradual salary reduction schedule,” should the season be permanently canceled, according to a joint release.
The force majeure clause in the collective bargaining would allow the league to reduce players’ salaries by 1/92.6 for every cancelled game.
“We discussed it as an executive committee, obviously, first,” Paul said. “And then we put it to our players. … Any big decision that’s going to affect our players, we have a conversation about it.”