NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says changes to rules on draft trades possible

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says changes to rules on draft trades possible

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says changes to rules on draft trades possible

National Basketball Association free agency ruled the Fourth of July holiday, with several major names changing teams. Then there was the issue of the so-called moratorium, the period from June 30 to July 6 in which teams, players and their representatives are only supposed to talk and negotiate, without actually inking deals. We knew Kemba Walker was going to play for the Celtics a whole day before free agency started on Sunday evening, and Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant's plans to team up in with the Nets were known hours in advance.

"My job is to enforce a fair set of rules for all our teams and a set of rules that are clear and make sense for everyone", Silver said. "It's still the same principles of fair balance of power and a sense that it's a level playing field". "I think that's what we discussed. I think right now we're not quite there", Silver added.

Silver also expressed frustration with players publicly demanding trades. A courtside administrator will be on hand at every game to speed up communication with replay officials at National Basketball Association offices in Secaucus, New Jersey. National Basketball Association head coaches, much like their NFL counterparts, will get the chance to challenge plays on the court as they happen.

The NBA Board of Governors today unanimously approved two changes to instant replay rules.

The league will now have a "courtside administrator", a new position hired and supervised by the NBA's league office, positioned at the scorer's table to speed up the communication between the replay center and the on-court referees.

But the issue of trade demands remains. I think it hurts the perception of integrity around the league if people say, 'Well, you have that rule and it's obvious that teams aren't fully complying, so why do you have it?'

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The NFL has a red flag to announce a request for a replay review, and now the National Basketball Association will have a twirling index finger for the 2019-20 season. The Lakers never were able to get George, but a few hundred thousand dollars is a meager price to pay for these teams if it gets them a better shot at signing key free agents.

Each team is allowed one challenge a game, successful or not, on a personal foul charged to a player on that team, an out of bounds call or whistles for goaltending or basket interference. One challenge per game on certain calls, you need a timeout to challenge and, most notable, challenges are initiated by coaches by "twirling" a finger toward a referee after calling timeout. All technical and flagrant fouls that occur during or right after a call being challenged will stand regardless of the result of the challenge.

On Tuesday, the league announced it will implement a Coach's Challenge system similar to the NFL's on a one-year trial basis.

While the replay center, along with the refs calling the game, can ask for instant replays involving whether a shot is a 2- or 3-point field goal, and if it was made before or after the shot clock expired.

Stay tuned for the latest news from the National Basketball Association. And no, there won't be a flag for each coach to toss as in football; a twirling of the finger, the signal referees now use, will be sufficient.

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