Last month, reporting came to light that inidicated the NBA was discussing a number of changes to its regular season schedule, including a potential 30-team in-season tournament.
Weeks later, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski added another wrinkle to the discussion, tweeting Friday afternoon that the NBA is considering a $1 million per player cash prize for winning the potential tournamnet:
Story filed to ESPN: The NBA is discussing a $1 million per player purse for the winners of the proposed 30-team, in-season tournament. Reporting with more details on discussions for possible 2021-2022 league calendar change soon on site.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 20, 2019
At the time of the original report (from Zach Lowe and Wojnarowski), 'compensation' for competing in and winning the tournament was vaguely alluded to, but without much in the way of specifics. Anything from draft picks, to monetary imbursement, to even a playoff-seeding boost felt plausible — though it's difficult to envision a scenario where every team is fully engaged. In the current NBA, every game is played (or not played) with an eye on either the postseason or the draft. It will be difficult for any in-season tournament to address all the concerns teams are likely to raise.
Per Wojnarowski, the NBA needs 23 teams (two-thirds of the league) and the NBAPA to agree to the schedule changes the tournament would cause at the Board of Governors meeting in April for said changes to be implemented for the 2021-22 season.
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