With teams forbidden to contact pending free agents prior to the start of the free agency period, it became clear that tampering rules were being blatantly bypassed in the name of remaining competitive on the free-agent market.
"First of all, you know of course that's nothing new in the league in terms of trade demands", Silver said. Again, I think we have some work to do there when it comes to free agency. "I think right now, we're not quite there". I think it's pointless at the end of the day to have rules that we can't enforce.
Silver said teams are "put in hard situations" when players and their agents deal with other teams in ways that don't strictly follow the rules of the collective bargaining agreement.
On Tuesday, The Athletic's Shams Charania announce the National Basketball Association board of governors had passed the use of in-game challenge flags starting next season. They're disheartening to the community and don't serve the player well.
"I will say, without getting into any specific circumstances, trade demands are disheartening".
- As expected, the National Basketball Association is giving coaches the right to challenge one call per game next season.
The NBA's competition committee proposed both changes, and they earned unanimous support from the league's 30 teams.
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. Coaches will be limited to only one challenge per game, so Brad Stevens and Co. will be forced to use them wisely.
There has been talk that a coach's challenge would be discussed at the July 9 meeting and the league has already implemented a challenge system for its summer leagues.
There has always been a concern about big market-small market disparities in the National Basketball Association, and five of the league's superstars ended up in either NY or Los Angeles this offseason.
A team must have a timeout available to issue a challenge. The NBA wants to give Secaucus the authority to review questionable two or 3-point shots without the officiating crew asking for it, as well as shot-clock violations.
To initiate a challenge, a team must immediately call a legal timeout and the head coach must immediately signal for a challenge by twirling his/her finger toward the referees.