With the 2017-2018 NBA season fast approaching, the executives of the NBA have made some rule changes going into effect this season. Most of the rules go on the premise of hiding the little annoyance every fan must deal with while watching any game, one example being teams calling late back-to-back timeouts. With these laws going into effect soon, lets break them down here at HoopsNations.com.
New Timeout Rules
The new rules state that each team will enter each game with seven timeouts, with no restrictions on how many they can call per half. This will increase the number of timeouts per game by one. The new rules also state that all team timeouts are 75-seconds, replacing both ‘full’ and ’20-second’ timeouts with ‘team’ timeouts.
Under the new rule, each quarter will have two mandatory timeouts, occurring after the first stoppage under the seven and three-minute marks. Also, the under-nine-minute mandatory timeouts in the second and fourth quarter periods have been done away with, being replaced with the new mandatory timeouts.
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Also, under the new rules, each team can enter the fourth quarter with up to four timeouts. Each team will only be allowed to have two team timeouts after the latter of either the three-minute mark of the fourth period or the resumption of play after the second mandatory timeout of the fourth quarter. But, if a game goes into overtime, a team will only be allowed to have two team timeouts per overtime period, where as teams once had three.
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Another rule created involves the average free throw shooter. If a free throw shooter ventures beyond the three-point-line between attempts, referees will have the option to call a delay-of-game penalty on the shooting team. Also involving a delay of game call, officials can call the penalty on any team not ready to start the half at the expiration of the half-time clock, which, via change by the NBA this year, the official length of time for half-time will be 15 minutes.
Trade deadline moved up
Everyone can remember when DaMarcus Cousins was traded during the All-Star game and was faced with a mass of reporters wondering what was going on. To ensure that this wouldn’t happen again, the NBA has made a new rule that will bump the deadline up ten days before the All-Star game. The association claims that this will allow for a player to move himself, his family, and will allow him to become adjusted in his new city.
New CBA rules
The NBA has also broke a deal with the NBA players association involving a new CBA agreement. Though player’s basketball related income split will not change, it will bring changes for overall contracts. If a team has a veteran that they would like to resign, then they are now allowed to sign the player for up to six years in contract extensions. One example of this can be found in the signing of James Harden to the Houston Rockets.
The NBA has also done away with the over-36 rule and replaced it with the over-38 rule. Before the change, if an NBA team had a player that was over 36-years-old, then they could not sign him to a deal for five years or more. Since the rule has changed, many players will likely stay in the game longer than before.
With the new NBA G-League expanding and catching more attention then ever, at least one change was expected to be made. Before the new rules went into effect, NBA teams were allowed to have 15 players on NBA contracts, but now NBA teams will be allowed to sign two players with a two-way contract, boosting the number of overall contracts to 17. The new two-way contracts means that a G-League player can be placed on an NBA’s teams roster for 41 days, being paid both an NBA salary and a G-League affiliates salary.
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With the NBA making changes all across the board, this is an exciting chance for teams and players to use the new rules to their advantage. The rules have already helped players like James Harden and Chris Paul get their contracts and are expected to help many more. With the changes going into effect this season, it is sure to effect the way fans view the game overall.