The NBA’s regular season is being drafted and could be implemented as early as the 2023-24 season, sources with knowledge of the talks told The Athletic on Friday.
The current NBA framework for the season, as of 2023-24, per sources:
Cup Playoffs to November – 8 teams advance to a single playoff final in December. Another 22 games will continue in the regular season – all games are part of the regular 82-game schedule. One more for two final teams
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 9, 2022
The tournament runs until November, with eight teams advancing to a qualifying round in December. The 22 teams in the league will continue to play in the regular season.
All games will be part of it
The NBA and NBPA are still working to finalize the concept of the season-long tournament, which includes awards for the eight teams that advance to one playoff round, sources said.
During the tournament, the September 2021 tournament committee convened to discuss $1 million in prize money per player.
In February, Adam Silver noted the success of the league’s play-in tournament, saying, “In relation to that, to me, in terms of trying new things, it makes sense to look at other concepts that we’ve talked about. As a seasonal competition.
“In some ways, the players were more receptive to the possibility of a play-in tournament, because the play-in was somewhat successful,” Silver added.
In other league news, the NBA’s 2023-24 salary cap is projected to be $134 million — $10.4 million higher than this season — at a tax rate of $162 million per source. Both are $1 million ahead of previous projections.
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