The final steps of finalizing a new collective bargaining agreement for the NBA was resolving a long list of so-called "b-list" issues which included things like the age limit, D-League assignments and drug testing.
The league and players have finished that off with a vote open to the players Wednesday afternoon coming in their email and the owners voting on Thursday to officially put the NBA back in business in time for free agency and training camps to start Dec. 9.
Most of those b-list details have found their way out, obtained by Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Here's what we know:
- No HGH testing in NBA agreement. The NBA and players agree to "study" the issue.
- NBA players must wear microphone for one nationally televised game per month and one local game per month. Also, they'll have wear one for up to two playoff games per round. Important note: No NBA player can be disciplined for something caught by the microphone.
- No NBA player can be disciplined solely based upon an arrest.
- Player per diem: $120.
- The agreement calls for a "neutral review of commissioner's financial discipline for on-court conduct."
- Players get a minimum of 16 days off during the 2012-13 season.
- The minimum fee for promotional appearance made on behalf of a commercial sponsor: $3,000. If player has already made eight appearances that number goes up to $4,000.
- The age limit hasn't been decided upon. It'll stay at one year for now, with more discussion to come later.
- Players with less than three years of NBA service may be assigned to D-League. No limit on number of assignments. More than three years can't be assigned. That's essentially the same rule as last time, except for the limit on assignments.
- Interest twist to that rule though: A player rehabbing an injury can go to the D-League if he and the union agree to, even if he has been in the league for more than three years.
- Offseason drug testing starts in 2012-13 with a maximum of two tests for steroids and PEDs.
- Players can't be drug tested at the arena on a game night.
- If a player gets traded, they get a housing reimbursement for $4,500 for three months following the deal.
- Players will get paid more than last time for All-Star participation. The amount wasn't given.
- Training camp compensation is $2,000 per week beginning next season.
- Player salaries will be pro-rated for the lockout. Basically, they get 66/82 of their normal compensation.
- Teams must spent 80 percent of the salary cap this season, then 85 percent and 90 percent.
- Beginning 2012 players have "option to directly defer salary to annuity plan with 'favorable interest rates.'"
- The luxury tax remains dollar-for-dollar for this season and the next.