The NBA’s G League players have formed their own union, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Charania, who cites league sources, reported on Tuesday morning that around 80 percent of the G League’s strength signed union authorizations, way more than the 50+ percent needed for such an endeavor. The league also received help from the National Basketball Players Association, the official union for NBA players currently headed by Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul.
Unlike the NBA, which is headed towards a restart this month, the G League canceled its season in early June as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
“While canceling the remainder of our season weighs heavily on us, we recognize that it is the most appropriate action to take for our league,” G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim said. “I extend my sincere gratitude to NBA G League players and coaches for giving their all to their teams and fans this season. And to our fans, I thank you and look forward to resuming play for the 2020-21 season.”