Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

NBA Board of governors voting on Lottery reform on September 28

NBA Board of governors voting on Lottery reform on September 28

The board will meet in NY on September 28 and vote on the matter, with the changes, if any, taking place starting 2019 to give teams a chance to brace themselves for the alterations, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. If they vote in agreement with Silver's reform, the proposed draft lottery would become legislation and take effect beginning in 2019.

For example, the three worst teams now have a 25 percent, 19.9 percent and 15.6 percent chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick, respectively. To do that, the competition committee is proposing a change that would decrease the chances for the bottom three teams in the league to get the No. 1 overall pick. Under the new plan, those teams would each have a 14 percent chance, league sources said, and the odds for ensuring teams would drop incrementally by a percentage point or two.

The NBA is expected to vote later this month on draft lottery reform being pushed by commissioner Adam Silver. The worst team could drop to fifth under the new plan, one spot lower than before. The worst team has potential to fall to the No. 5 pick, the second-worst can fall to No. 6, and so on and so forth.

When teams decide to rest players in games, they're encouraged to do so for home instead of away games. Teams believe that the process of trading for star players has become more hard, with agents and players warning that they will leave come free agency and will never consider re-signing with those teams.

The proposal is now up for review by the NBA's board of governors, who will vote on whether or not to grant Silver the ability to fine teams.

Silver has been on a mission to keep teams from leaving players on the bench in nationally televised games, and the change could make a positive step in that direction.

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.

The Spurs and Cavs are among the teams that have notably rested players during recent high-profile national games.

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