WNBA teams to cut rosters down to 12 players by 26 May, says report

WNBA teams will have to get their rosters down to 12 by 26 May so players can get paid starting 1 June, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

The Associated Press May 20, 2020 12:00:55 IST
WNBA teams to cut rosters down to 12 players by 26 May, says report

New York: WNBA teams will have to get their rosters down to 12 by 26 May so players can get paid starting 1 June, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

WNBA teams to cut rosters down to 12 players by 26 May says report

File image of WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. AP

The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity on Tuesday night because the roster deadline had not been officially announced.

The league and the players' union are still working out many details of how often players will get paid and how much. Those negotiations largely depend on the length and start date of the season.

Players who are waived over the next week won’t get paid, but they will receive benefits through 30 June, the person told AP. The WNBA offered rookies health benefits since 1 May. Veteran players receive year-round benefits.

Teams usually have to cut their rosters down to 12 before the regular season begins, which would have been this past weekend. The league postponed the start of the season in early April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cutting down the rosters isn't a sign that the league is going to begin anytime soon.

On Friday, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert told AP the league is focusing on about a half-dozen scenarios to play this summer. The commissioner said it was important that the players got paid on 1 June — the date they were scheduled to start getting paid for the season before the pandemic hit.

Most teams have already cut down their rosters to 15 players with a few already at 12. It's going to be tough for some teams to get down to 12 without seeing players in training camp. The New York Liberty had 15 players on their roster as of Tuesday night. Of those, six are rookies.

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