NBA mulling a $1M per player purse for the winners of the proposes in-season tourney.
The NBA is reportedly mulling a 30-team, in-season tournament in the future, and they're discussing a $1 million per player reward for the winning team, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Woj notes that several team execs are skeptical of the idea of an in-season tournament, but the league is hopeful that the massive reward would encourage players to take it seriously.
That $1M may not be much to the LeBron James and James Harden's of the world, but ESPN reports that the average NBA player makes approximately $9M.
The league's goal is to have the in-season tournament start with pool-play as part of the regular season, concluding with a single-game elimination tournament in December between the teams with the best records.
"Some team executives are skeptical that would be the case. Among the concerns of top front office officials discussing these ideas with the league office: Many suspect that star players might prefer the five-day scheduling break that would come with not qualifying for the tournament rather than competing for the financial reward of a winner-take-all event that requires a quarterfinal, semifinal and title round to become champion."
In order for the in-season tournament to come to fruition, two-third of the NBA teams and NBPA must agree to the changes. According to ESPN, NBA commissioner Adam Silver hopes everything will be in place for the 2021-22 season. If that is to be the case, the proposed changes would need to be passed at the league's Board of Governors meeting in April.