The NBA is not forcing players to get vaccinated against Covid-19, but it is going to withhold pay for any player that misses games due to a local mandate.
Unvaccinated players are also likely to face a range of restrictions in order to take part in the upcoming season.
“Any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses,” read an NBA statement on Wednesday.
Mandatory vaccinations for players has been a non-starter with the National Basketball Players Association, leading the league to institute strict protocols for unvaccinated players.
Local mandates supersede the NBA, however, meaning players in New York and San Francisco will have to sit out home games if they remain unvaccinated.
Tentative protocols released to teams by NBA this week also said unvaccinated players will have to undergo daily testing prior to entering a team facility, participating in team activities or interacting with players and coaches.
Under the NBA draft rules circulated, the league would not allow unvaccinated players to dine in the same room as other players and they must also be given a locker as far away as possible from other players.
Unvaccinated players will also have to remain at the team hotel during road trips, outside game time except for team and essential activities.
Roughly 90 per cent of players have been vaccinated, but some highly publicised comments made by outspoken stars in the lead-up to training camp have raised eyebrows.
Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving and Golden State’s Andrew Wiggins are two of the biggest stars to oppose getting the vaccine.
Both play their home games in cities with local vaccine requirements that would bar them from playing.
Irving is scheduled to make $34.9m ($A48.5m) this season, while Wiggins is due $31.6m ($A43.9m).