The former San Antonio Spurs guard and Players Association’s vice president told ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling that players have offered to reduce their income from last year’s 57 percent of basketball-related income to 54 percent, and are willing to go further, so long as they can avoid a hard cap. (via ESPN’s Henry Abbott)
“We’re not going to allow the soft cap to take on the system,” Roger Mason Jr. said. “I’m hopeful that even with whatever system changes they want to make, that stays intact because I know what our guys want to do.”
Mason Jr. said where the union has shown a willingness to compromise has been with the issue of Basketball Related Income (BRI) — and they’d loosen their reigns even more, down from 54 percent, if that’s what it takes to start a season. He’s hopeful this weekend that the divide in revenue split will be tackled.
“I know that we’re willing to take on some of the relief because of what’s going in America,” Mason Jr. said. “We would go down from that 54 — I don’t know what that number is — but I know that if it’s going to get a deal done, we would be willing to compromise even more.”
Mason adds that he’s bringing his “positive energy” to Friday’s meetings, and hopes the owners are doing the same.