The Jazz voted against changes that would have been made to the current draft lottery structure. Overall, the league needed 23 votes for the reform to pass, but received just 17.
Utah’s no vote actually has a chance to hurt the Jazz in June — especially if they were to win 35 or 40 games and finish just out of the playoffs. That could potentially deprive the franchise of adding a transcendent player to an already-talented core.
But for Utah execs, the reasoning is simple: At the end of the day, they’re still running a small-market team. And being loyal to those interests outweighed everything else.
“We looked at the long run, and how this may affect us and teams like us,” Lindsey said. “We think that we have a chance to outperform expectations. But we voted no because we were looking at the next 30 years — not now or in the short term.”
Adam Silver: NBA Considering Playoff Restructure
NBA commissioner Adam Silver floated the possibility of a modified playoff seeding system Saturday that could pit the league’s best two teams against each other in the Finals without changing the number of teams from each conference that make the postseason.
Silver said his concept would keep the best eight teams from each conference in the playoffs, but would seed those teams 1-16. In that scenario, if the top two teams were from the same conference, it would set up a possible Finals meeting.
“You also would like to have a format where your two best teams are ultimately going to meet in the Finals,” Silver said. “You could have a situation where the top two teams in the league are meeting in the conference finals or somewhere else. So we’re going to continue to look at that. It’s still my hope that we’re going to figure out ways.”
At this point it is just conceptual; there are no plans for a vote. However, it is the furthest Silver has gone in altering the postseason format since becoming commissioner.
Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
Report: Referees, Players Held Meeting to Discuss Tensions
A small group of NBA referees and players held a meeting Saturday, working to relieve mounting tension between the sides.
The meeting included three players, three referees and officials from both the referees’ union and the players’ union. Among the items agreed on was establishing a direct communication line between the two unions that would not involve the NBA league office to address issues that arise between the sides, the unions announced in a joint statement.
Several issues that have been causing friction were raised during the meeting. One, sources told ESPN, is the referees’ enforcement of the so-called “respect for the game” rules. These rules were introduced by the NBA in 2010 and updated in 2015 and were aimed at limiting players’ reactions to referee decisions, among other issues.
Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
Report: Channing Frye Undergoes Appendectomy
Los Angeles Lakers forward Channing Frye had a successful Laparoscopic Appendectomy last night in Cleveland, it was announced today.
Frye, who is spending the All-Star break in Cleveland with his family, will be re-evaluated when he returns to Los Angeles in approximately one week.
Source: Los Angeles Lakers