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NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement Seen Giving Boost To NBA Development League

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2011 – The NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was ratified earlier today, contains several provisions that will positively impact the NBA Development League, said NBA D-League President Dan Reed.

“The new CBA will deepen the level of integration between NBA D-League and NBA teams, and marks the next stage of our league’s evolution as the official minor league for the NBA,” Reed said. "By encouraging more robust use of our league to accelerate the development of NBA players and prospects, over time we believe this agreement will lead to more NBA teams operating their own NBA D-League affiliate, an increased number of NBA players that develop in our league, and an even better in-arena experience for our fans."

The agreement includes the following regarding the NBA D-League:

  • Beginning this season, teams can assign veteran players with their consent to the NBA Development League.
  • Effective with the 2012-13 season, there will be no limit on the number of times players with three years or less of experience can be assigned to their team’s NBA D-League affiliate.
  • The NBA and NBPA have agreed to form a committee to discuss issues related to the NBA Draft and NBA D-League, including Draft eligibility rules, the Draft combine, the number of rounds in the Draft and rules related to the assignment of NBA players to the D-League.
This season an all-time high nine NBA teams have a "one-to-one" relationship with their NBA D-League affiliate, an increase of five over last season, and over 23 percent of NBA players on 2010-11 rosters had NBA D-League playing experience -- also an all-time high.