A new in-season tournament could be coming to the NBA as early as the 2023-2024 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver previously confirmed in an interview with Yahoo Sports in February that negotiations were ongoing between the NBA and its players union about an in-season tournament, but said there was no timeline for implementation. He did indicate, however, that a change in schedule would not take effect next season.
This update is the latest in Silver's long pursuit to add such a tournament to the NBA.
In 2021, the inclusion of an in-season tournament was discussed by the Competitions Committee, which would provide a $1 million reward per player and an opportunity to win a trophy aside from the NBA title. In 2019, the NBA sent a proposal to teams that included an in-season tournament in addition to reducing the 82-game season to 78 which, if accepted, would have taken effect ahead of the 2021-2022 season.
The tournament currently being discussed would reportedly resemble those within European soccer, serving as a break-up between regular season games and an opportunity for the league to secure additional revenue.