Adam Silver Is Looking At Proposal To Reduce Players Resting

Jun 4 2017 Oakland CA USA NBA commissioner Adam Silver before game two of the 2017 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Silver Is Looking At Proposal To Reduce Players Resting

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnorowski, one proposal includes commissioner Adam Silver having the ability to fine teams for resting healthy players during nationally televised games.

If teams defy these guidelines, under the rule, Silver will have the discretionary power to levy fines against teams.

The other somewhat monumental proposal is fixing the draft lottery to eliminate tanking, which is when bad teams, for lack of a better phrase, lose on objective.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Competition Committee has recommended the NBA's proposal on Draft Lottery reform, sending it to the Board of Governors for a vote on September 28. First, it would increase the chances the league's star players are playing in marquee matchups for TV.

The competition committee also recommended a plan to the board of governors to curb the resting of healthy players in the regular season, league sources told ESPN. Second, it helps the fans who only get one chance to see LeBron James or Kevin Durant come to town one game a year not be disappointed seeing them on the bench after shelling out hundreds of dollars for tickets to the game.

Silver sees stars resting as such an issue because the league isn't giving the fan the best product. Right now, the team that finishes with the league's worst record has a 25% chance of landing the No. 1 pick, while the next two teams have 19.9% and 15.6% chances, respectively. Under the new plan, those teams would each have a 14 percent chance, according to league sources.

The biggest proposed change in the draft lottery process is the new odds at the No. 1 overall pick.

The proposal, supported by National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver and reportedly passed by the competition committee Thursday, aims to dissuade teams from tanking.

Woj also reports that the new proposal would make it possible for the team with the worst record in the league to drop to fifth in the lottery; under the current system, the team with the worst record can only pick as low as fourth. Any changes would be made for the 20198 NBA Draft, so teams can still tank for at least one more year.

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