The NBA had what felt like a fairly normal summer.
Players signed new contracts. Lots of money was thrown around. Teams made deals. It felt like a normal summer.
It was made even more normal by the labor peace that came with it.
With the NBA gearing up for a massive new TV rights deal due to be signed after the 2025 season, the league was not about to derail their good thing. The league quickly negotiated and agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement that will be effective until July 2030 (with an opt-out option after the conclusion of the 2029 season).
The nearly 700-page document outlines the rules and procedures by which the league, teams and players must adhere to when operating their business.
While there are not a lot of changes to the new CBA, there are always changes. The league is trying to reign in runaway spending by a few select teams at the high end and reinvigorate the regular season.
The NBA is operating under a new CBA that will govern what the Orlando Magic will do and what the Magic can do moving forward. What changes? We explore what the new CBA means for the Magic.
The Orlando Magic are not so concerned with the CBA yet. The team spent its offseason mainly keeping its roster intact, only spending it seems to get to the payroll floor.
The new CBA though is an ever-present thing even for a team like the Magic.
They are probably weighing and measuring the teams that are bumping up against the new payroll and salary cap restrictions. Just as they are probably weighing what they might have to one day pay their star players in Franz Wagner and Paolo Banchero.
They are probably also eyeing the new In-Season Tournament and the possibilities that brings to the team.
This article takes a high-level exploration of the CBA and compiles some of the more notable and impactful changes coming this season and beyond – as well as discusses what it means for the Orlando Magic now and moving forward.