With an expanded calendar as part of its new collective bargaining agreement, the NBA has taken the most aggressive measures to date to build rest into its schedule.
In a memo given to teams this week, the league outlined how it hopes to reduce the stresses of travel and give players a chance to recover more than in the past. This is a proactive measure aimed at both player safety and to reduce the number of games in which teams rest healthy players.
After a series of high-profile players didn’t play in major matchups last season, the new schedule protects key national television matchups to make sure teams aren’t playing on back-to-back nights.
Much of this is made possible by extending the season by one week, starting earlier in October. Also, for the first time, the players’ union is a part of the scheduling process to review possible problem areas.
The schedule is expected to be finalized this week and portions are expected to be announced soon.
Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
Sources: Lakers Have Inquired on Spurs’ Leonard
The Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in San Antonio Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard, league sources told Shams Charania of Yahoo. No specific proposals have yet been discussed.
The Los Angeles Lakers have reached out to the San Antonio Spurs to express interest in All-Star Kawhi Leonard, league sources tell Yahoo. No proposals have been discussed.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 21, 2018
Source: Shams Charania of Yahoo
Sources: Several Teams Interested in Trading into Lottery
Multiple teams remain active in trying to trade higher into the lottery, sources tell ESPN.
Among the teams still active in trying to trade higher into lottery: Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland and the Clippers, league sources tell ESPN. Philadelphia’s No. 10 pick is in play, a target for teams pursing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Otherwise, he could go No. 11 to Charlotte.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 21, 2018
Sources: 76ers Considered Trading Markelle Fultz To Move Up In Draft
The Philadelphia 76ers had internal discussions about packaging the No. 10 and 26 picks, along with former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, to move into the top five, league sources told The Athletic. The target was [Michael] Porter during these discussions. However, that thinking dampened with Porter’s back remaining a major question mark. If JJ Redick leaves in free agency, Fultz is the favorite to start at shooting guard.
Source: Michael Scotto of The Athletic