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(FILES) In this file photo the NBA logo is viewed on a basketball during the Denver Nuggets v the Portland Trail Blazers on December 28, 2010 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. – NBA players will receive their full paychecks on April 15, 2020 US media reported on April 9, 2020, but salaries could be reduced as the league remains shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. ESPN and the Philadelphia Inquirer were among the outlets citing league sources in reporting that players would be paid as usual on April 15. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

NBA players will receive their full paychecks on April 15, US media reported Thursday, but salaries could be reduced as the league remains shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ESPN and the Philadelphia Inquirer were among the outlets citing league sources in reporting that players would be paid as usual on April 15.

The league and the National Basketball Players Association have been negotiating a salary-reduction percentage for upcoming pay periods, and on Tuesday the players association reiterated to agents that owners could withhold 25 percent of players’ remaining salaries if the season is cancelled.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Monday that he did not expect the league to be in a position to make a decision on when and how a return to play might happen until May.

The regular season was due to end on April 15, with the playoffs scheduled to start on April 18.

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