Nigerian trio of Al-Farouq Aminu, Chimeze Metu and Josh Okogie will receive full salaries as National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that players will be paid in full despite the halt of games since March 11.
The players will receive their full salaries when the next payday, which for most of them arrives on April 15, despite no games been played for more than a month.
The league organizers gave teams the directive on Thursday in a memo that obtained by The Associated Press.
The league and the National Basketball Players Association has been in talks for weeks about the status of salaries during this coronavirus crisis which has caused a total shutdown of games in the league.
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The last NBA games were played on March 11, the day that Utah Jazz center, Rudy Gobert became the first player in the league to test positive for the coronavirus.
The pandemic will lead to the delay of at least 259 regular-season games through April 15, what would have been the end of the regular season.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said earlier this week that no decisions about the rest of the season, including whether play can resume, would occur before May.
If the season is either shortened or not finished, the NBA might suffer a loss of revenue reaching millions of dollars.
Al-Farouq Aminu, Chimeze Metu and Josh Okogie who all play in the NBA for Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves respectively will smile home with full payment of their salaries.
Players getting their full salaries, however, does not completely signal a bed of roses. There is a collective bargaining agreement between the league and it’s players stating that players could lose 1.08% of their annual salary for each game that is canceled in – “Force Majeure Event” – the legal term for unforeseeable circumstances.
Most NBA players are paid on the 1st and 15th of each month. The next scheduled payment comes on May 1, and it remains unclear if those salaries will be affected by the possibility of either shortening or nullifying the whole season.