Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the National Basketball Association.
While free agency made multiple headlines, it wasn't the only source of blockbuster player movement.
So expect changes on that front for 2020.
The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved two big changes that will affect the upcoming season. Monitoring all of the ways teams and players can connect with each other is quite a daunting task. And there's also been the same sort of understanding that teams will talk to their own free agents to strike deals before negotiations are technically supposed to begin.
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All of the player movement this summer - coupled with the star players available nearly all choosing to sign with teams in either California, New York or Florida - also led to questions about whether that was a potential long-term problem for the league. So many teams could have benefited from this new rule, for example, the Houston Rockets in game seven of the 2017-18 Western Conference Finals when James Harden got all the bad calls. And by now, in some cases, the buzz surrounding those still-unannounced moves is largely gone. "Enabling the NBA Replay Center to trigger instant replay will improve game flow and provide real-time awareness of any adjustments to the score", Spruell said.
The NBA has tested coach's challenges during Summer League and in the G-League last season. Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving and others will be on new teams when season kicks off.
Even the actual, nitty-gritty game-related news Tuesday - added opportunities for replay reviews - could be said to derive from the priority on fairness. 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. "They're disheartening to the community and don't serve the player well", Silver said. I think it's pointless at the end of the day to have rules that we can't enforce. Regarding free agency, Silver said there is "work to do" around that aspect of the league, and hinted at changes to come in terms of the timeline. There's always been stuff around the edges that have gone on.
Similar to coaches' and managers' ability to request replay in NFL and MLB contests, each NBA team will be entitled to one challenge per game.
The changes will allow coaches to challenge personal foul calls, out-of-bounds violations and goaltending and basket-interference violations.
The Replay Center will initiate reviews immediately this season in deciding 2-point vs. 3-point shots and determining shot-clock violations.