Mark Tatum

NBA Reducing Salaries For League’s Top Executives

The NBA is temporarily implementing a 20% base salary reduction for approximately 100 of its highest-earning executives around the world, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The move may sound similar to one the Sixers considered earlier this week before they reversed course when met with a PR backlash. However, the key difference here is that the NBA’s cutbacks will only impact top league executives and senior leaders, as Wojnarowski explains. Support and administrative staffers will not see their salaries reduced.

Commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum are among those affected by the measures, which are expected to continue for as long as the coronavirus crisis lasts, sources tell ESPN. Most of the execs who will have their salaries reduced work in the league’s New York office, Woj adds.

NBA spokesperson Mike Bass didn’t explicitly confirm ESPN’s report, but offered the following statement:

“These are unprecedented times and, like other companies across all industries, we need to take short-term steps to deal with the harsh economic impact on our business and organization.”

NBA Approves Mark Tatum As Deputy Commish

THURSDAY, 11:49am: The NBA’s Board of Governors has unanimously approved Tatum for the deputy commissioner post, the league announced via press release. He will take over the job Saturday, when Silver replaces David Stern as commissioner.

TUESDAY, 9:26am: The league has chosen Tatum as its next deputy commissioner and will make an official announcement soon, Wojnarowski tweets.

8:51am: The NBA’s vice president of global marketing partnerships has emerged as the leading candidate to succeed Adam Silver as the league’s deputy commissioner, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Mark Tatum, a favorite of Silver’s, would serve as Silver’s assistant after he takes over for commissioner David Stern beginning Saturday.

Tatum joined the NBA in 1999 after working for Major League Baseball. He’s worked to create revenue for the NBA, overseeing the league’s marketing partnerships with major corporate sponsors. He’s also handled sales relationships with the league’s television and media partners.

An executive who spoke to Wojnarowski said Tatum is unfamiliar to most team front office people around the league, and that he’d need to grow into his position. Still, there’s been little chatter about other candidates, and Wojnarowski indicates that Tatum is a strong favorite to assume the position. Tatum, an African-American, would become one of the highest ranking minority executives in major North American professional sports.

Odds & Ends: Dragic, Jefferson, Carmelo

The summer of 2010 shows why teams would be unwise to make compromising moves at next month’s trade deadline just to clear cap space for the coming offseason, SB Nation’s Tom Ziller writes. Few clubs land true superstars in free agency, but many more have success with cheaper additions, as Ziller explains. While we wait to see how teams position themselves for the summer ahead, here’s the latest from around the NBA:

  • Goran Dragic has a realistic chance to earn a spot in next month’s All-Star Game, and if he does, he’ll receive a $1MM bonus, notes Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
  • Al Jefferson thought Kemba Walker was joking this summer when he suggested the big man should join the Bobcats, but agent Jeff Schwartz persuaded Jefferson to travel to Charlotte, where Steve Clifford helped convince the 6’10” free agent to sign. Steve Aschburner of has more from one of 2013’s most surprising moves.
  • Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times hears Carmelo Anthony wouldn’t mind joining Chris Paul and Blake Griffin (Twitter link). Rumors have linked Anthony to the Clippers, but most such reports suggest Griffin would go to the Knicks in return for Anthony.
  • The Sixers have again sent Lorenzo Brown to the D-League, the team announced. Philly sent Brown to the Delaware 87ers early Monday so he could play in their day game and recalled the point guard in time for him to appear in the big club’s loss to the Suns at night.
  • Jimmer Fredette may not be long for the Kings, but he isn’t destined to become the sort of star he was in college no matter where he ends up in the NBA, opines Brad Rock of the Deseret News. Rock hears the Jazz would have passed on him in the 2011 draft even if he had slipped to them at the No. 12 pick.
  • The United States Olympic Committee and the NCAA’s Big East Conference have shown interest in hiring incoming NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, according to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt.