The NBA's Board of Governors approved draft lottery reform, per report


This new plan, which will go into effect in 2019, giving teams time to adjust to the new process - will also give commissioner Adam Silver the discretion to fine National Basketball Association teams that sit players on healthy scratches during nationally televised games or other invalid reasons.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that the NBA Board of Governors passed new rules for draft lottery reform and player resting.

The voting was part of a two-day meeting of the board in NY that concluded on Thursday.

Although the new system doesn't necessarily give teams that are out of contention any incentive to win, it lessens the likelihood of a tanking team getting rewarded with the top selection.

The lottery changes were to discourage tanking, the practice of losing games on objective in an effort to improve draft odds.

According to the report, four teams - increased from three - will now become part of the lottery draw, meaning the No. 1 lottery seed could drop no further than the fifth-overall pick, No. 2 could drop no further than sixth, No. 3 no further than seventh, and No. 4 no further than eighth. The rested players will also be required to be present on the bench, per Wojnarowski. Teams will now be encouraged to rest players in home games rather than road games because of this.

The NBA has already made an effort to prevent teams from resting star players during marquee games, including the following changes to the 2017-18 schedule. He will succeed Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. "I look forward to working closely with Commissioner Silver, the league office and my fellow owners in this capacity to grow the game around the world and continually look for opportunities to better this great league for our teams, our players and our fans".