The NBA and Players Association have reached an agreement for a salary reduction of 1/96.1 that unvaccinated players will face for the games they miss due to the local COVID-19 vaccine mandates, according to Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks from ESPN.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) October 4, 2021
Currently, New York and San Francisco are the two cities that COVID-19 mandates that can impact the players of the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, and Golden State Warriors. There were exemptions approve to the mandates which benefit unvaccinated players from visiting teams.
So, from the three local teams, the Nets All-star guard Kyrie Irving is the one facing the biggest reduction from his $34 million salary. Per game missed Irving could lose close to $381.000 and taking into consideration the 41 games held at Barclays Center for the Nets, the reduction would be up to $15 million.
The other known unvaccinated player that was set to miss games was Andrew Wiggins from the Warriors but he recently got his COVID-19 shot and is ready to start the season.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN, currently, 95 percent of NBA players have received at least one shot of the vaccine.
ESPN Sources: The NBA has reached a 95 percent vaccination threshold of its players, reflecting a steady rise since the opening of training camps. That uptick includes players who’ve received at least their first shot.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 30, 2021