NBA Board Of Governors To Vote On Lottery Reform

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The NBA's proposed changes to the system would begin with the 2019 draft and include a smoothing-out of odds among the league's worst teams, league sources said.

Change could be coming to the NBA Draft Lottery in the near future, but not too many small market teams are thrilled about it.

Last year, a handful of teams rested their star players during nationally televised games, and the decision to do that was a direct result of the league's schedule. The guidelines will encourage teams to rest players in home games that are not nationally televised so that fans in other cities can get a look at star players.

Under the current lottery, the NBA's worst team has a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick, with the second- and third-worst having 19.9 and 15.6 percent, respectively.

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 goal. Under the new plan, those teams would share a 14 percent chance, league sources said, and odds of ensuing teams would drop incrementally by a percentage point or two, league sources said. Two-thirds majority will have to be in favor of the lottery reform for it to pass, and the board will be voting on it on September 28, in NY.

The competition committee also recommended Silver's proposition to curb player resting during the regular season, according to Wojnarowski.

At the apex of the Philadelphia 76ers' tanking saga, the board of governors voted down a somewhat more liberal proposal on lottery reform in 2014.

The NBA competition committee, which is made up of several general managers and coaches, voted on the proposal Thursday in a meeting in Chicago.

The Spurs and Cavs are among the teams that have notably rested players during recent high-profile national games. "And of course, the home team home fans can see that team many times". Additionally, the commissioner will be able to fine the organizations who are "sitting multiple players outside of unusual circumstances in a single game", and also resting uninjured players during games on ESPN, ABC or TNT.

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