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April 18, 2015 Updates

Another change could come quickly. He said there were discussions about extending the 2015-16 season by a week, which he said could reduce the number of back-to-backs to an all-time low average of 16 per team, with an average of just one four-in-five-nights stretch per team. The playoffs and draft lottery apparently will stay the same. Silver noted the races for the final spots in both the West and East, claimed by New Orleans and Brooklyn, went down to the final night of the regular season. "If you seeded 1 through 16, of course you wouldn't have that," he said. "You'd just have one race to make the playoffs, so that's one factor." Oregonian

April 17, 2015 Updates

The NBA on Friday released the pre-lottery drawing order for the June college draft and, as expected, the New Orleans Pelicans will lose their first pick to the Houston Rockets in the transaction for center Omer Asik. The Pelicans protected the pick on the front end and the back end of the draft at the time of the trade last summer. But the pick, which falls at No. 18 according to the league release, is just outside the protection parameters of Nos. 1-3 and 20-30. Asik will be a free agent at the end of the season, putting the Pelicans under the gun to offer him a deal that would have him return to the Pelicans and not essentially be a one-year rental. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Silver also said draft lottery reform is not coming until at least after the 2016-17 season because owners want to see how the significant increase in the salary cap because the new TV deal impacts the construction of teams. "There's still a sense we need to make a change but until we know what the team behavior is going to be with all this new cap room, we hold it and wait and look holistically at the whole system," he said. USA Today Sports

Gary Washburn: The #rockets win the #tiebreaker with the #clippers for the 27th pick. That means the #Lakers will pick 27th and the #celtics 28th. The #lakers have #rockets first-round pick because of Jeremy Lin trade while #celtics have the #clippers first-rounder in Doc Rivers swap. Twitter @GwashburnGlobe

Yogi Ferrell's decision whether to stay at Indiana or turn pro after his junior season will be announced on April 25, according to his father. Kevin Ferrell Sr. told The Indianapolis Star on Monday that his son will make the announcement at Ruth's Chris Steak House on the north side of Indianapolis at 7:30 p.m. on April 25, a Saturday. Ferrell has one year of eligibility remaining, and he's considered a potential second-round pick according to various mock drafts. Indianapolis Star

April 16, 2015 Updates

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