Rockets co-player representative Patrick Beverley hears that the new collective bargaining agreement will be kinder to role players, Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle relays. The new agreement is expected to included a 50 percent increase for the veteran’s minimum salary and for cap exception deals.
“All due respect to all the superstars who are kind of the face of the league, me and [Trevor Ariza, the team’s other co-player representative] talked about the glue guys, the utility guys that you need on your team, make the team possible,” said Beverley. “We know we’re not out there scoring big points, but we do do other things that don’t show on the stat sheet from a business and financial standpoint, we’d like to be rewarded for those things.
“According to the players’ union, the new deal that is set in place helped the glue guys, the utility guys, the blue collar guys … to be able to benefit from this game also.”
In addition to the above changes, restricted free agents will be permitted to sign on the first day of free agency, according to Feigen. The waiting period for teams to match opposing offers on RFAs will be reduced from three to two days and teams will no longer be able to rescind qualifying offers.