NBA: League approves changes to draft lottery, player resting rules

Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy, after winning the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Five at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on June 12, 2017.
Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy, after winning the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Five at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on June 12, 2017.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

New York (AFP) - The National Basketball Association (NBA) took measures on Thursday to address the problem of teams losing games on purpose late in the season to try and get a higher draft pick.

The board of governors approved the draft lottery reform to reduce the chances of teams tanking to land one of the top three selections.

The approved reform, which easily surpassed the required three-quarters majority that was needed, will have the teams with the three worst records each having a 14 per cent chance at landing the No. 1 overall pick.

Under the current format, the team with the worst record has a 25 per cent chance, followed by 19 per cent for the second-worst record and 15 per cent for the third. A fourth team will be part of the lottery draw and it will have a 12 per cent chance at landing the top pick.

The team with the worst record can pick no lower than fifth.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver was also given the power to slap teams with a hefty fine for sitting healthy players.

The player rest proposal prohibits healthy players from being rested for any high-profile nationally televised game.

A violation of the policy will be viewed as conduct detrimental to the NBA and result in a fine of at least US$100,000 (S$135,800).