National Basketball Association free agency ruled the Fourth of July holiday, with several major names changing teams. Although teams are prohibited from speaking to free agents until free agency begins, multiple noteworthy players verbally agreed to contracts with teams before free agency officially began at 6 p.m. on June 30.
With teams forbidden to contact pending free agents prior to the start of the free agency period, it became clear that tampering rules were being blatantly bypassed in the name of remaining competitive on the free-agent market. "I think right now, we're not quite there". "The one conviction I have is that we should not have rules that are not strictly enforced".
Silver also expressed frustration with players publicly demanding trades.
Teams get just one challenge per game, even if it is a successful challenge, although plays still will be reviewed without the need for a challenge in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime. "We talk about being fan-friendly, and that isn't fan-friendly".
NBA team owners unanimously approved two changes to instant replay rules on Tuesday that will allow a coach's challenge and other video reviews triggered by the NBA Replay Center. They're disheartening to the community and don't serve the player well.
Addressing trade demands, however, seems even more hard.
"It falls in the same category of issues of the so-called rule of law within a sports league".
A version of the Coach's Challenge to trigger instant replay review that has been in effect in the NBA G League for the last two seasons and is being used at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 will be adopted in the NBA on a one-year trial basis during the 2019-20 season. Of the 25 players who were on the 2017 All-Star rosters, 17 have changed teams since and seven of them have switched jerseys at least twice. A team will have to call timeout and the coach "must immediately signal for a challenge by twirling his/her index finger toward the referees", the memo said. If a team doesn't have a timeout and attempts to challenge a play, it will be charged a technical foul and no challenge will occur.
Seeing big names on the move is nothing new in the National Basketball Association, of course. The replay center will have the authority to review whether a shot was a 2-pointer or 3-pointer whether or not refs in an arena ask for such a shot to be checked, plus potential shot-clock violations.
Woj also broke down the allowable challenges from a head coach.
A courtside administrator would be added to the scorer's table to act as a middle-man between the replay center and the crew at the game, along with someone to announce scoring changes.