NBA own­ers ap­prove draft lot­tery, player rest­ing rules

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NEW YORK (AP) – NBA own­ers passed rules Thurs­day de­signed to pre­vent healthy play­ers from sit­ting out games, and teams from los­ing games on pur­pose to im­prove their draft po­si­tion.

Un­der the new draft lot­tery rules, the teams with the three worst records will all have 14 per­cent odds to land the No. 1 pick when the changes are im­ple­mented with the 2019 draft.

The team with the worst record pre­vi­ously had 25 per­cent odds to win the lot­tery and could fall to the No. 4 spot in the draft. Now that team call tum­ble all the way to fifth.

The lot­tery changes were to dis­cour­age tank­ing, the prac­tice of los­ing games on pur­pose in an ef­fort to im­prove draft odds. The Philadel­phia 76ers re­lied on the tac­tic heav­ily in re­cent years and the league felt it needed to step in and urge teams to al­ways be com­pet­i­tive.

“These changes were nec­es­sary to im­prove the com­pet­i­tive in­cen­tives for our teams,’’ NBA Pres­i­dent of Op­er­a­tions By­ron Spru­ell said in a state­ment.

Also Thurs­day, the Board of Gov­er­nors voted to al­low Com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver to fine teams who vi­o­late the league’s new guide­lines about rest­ing play­ers. Teams can’t sit healthy play­ers for high-pro­file, na­tion­ally tele­vised games, and fines for vi­o­lat­ing that can be for at least $100,000.

The rules also say that un­less there are un­usual cir­cum­stances, teams should not rest mul­ti­ple healthy play­ers for the same game or rest healthy play­ers when play­ing on the road.

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