NBA passes lottery reform, rest guidelines

The NBA's Board of Governors has voted to approve changes to the draft lottery.

The NBA lottery will never be the same. At least, it won’t after next summer.

According to a report from ESPN, the NBA’s Board of Governors approved reform to the league’s lottery system — and the changes will be implemented beginning with the 2019 draft.

“The three teams with the worst records will share a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 overall pick, a change from the descending percentages of 25, 19.9, and 15.6 in the current system,” ESPN reported.

“Four teams — increased from three — will become part of the lottery draw, which means the No. 1 lottery seed could drop no further than fifth, No. 2 could drop no further than sixth, No. 3 no further than seventh, and No. 4 no further than eighth.”

The Board of Governors also voted to pass new guidelines on teams’ resting of star players — a focal point for NBA commissioner Adam Silver this offseason.

“In the new resting legislation, Silver will have the discretionary ability to fine teams for resting players in several instances, including sitting multiple players outside of unusual circumstances in a single game, and healthy players in nationally televised ESPN, ABC and TNT games,” ESPN reported.

The board, made up of several NBA owners, met Wednesday and Thursday in New York.