HoopsHype Adam Silver rumors

April 18, 2014 Updates

When the league and the players' union signed the collective bargaining agreement in 2011, it was agreed that the current one-and-done college rule could be revised at any time. The players' union recently named Sacramento mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson to head a committee to name a new leader by the start of the 2014-15 season. "If we're going to be successful in raising the age from 19 to 20, part and parcel in those negotiations goes to the treatment of players on those college campuses and closing the gap between what their scholarships cover and their expenses," Silver said. "We haven't looked specifically at creating a financial incentive for them to stay in college. That's been an option that has been raised over the years, but that's not something that is on the table right now." ESPN.com

Silver said owners discussed possible changes to the draft lottery and the current playoff system. There has been a growing sense of a need to change the way draft position is established to discourage teams from attempting to lose games to enhance draft or playoff spots. Owners presented a number of options, including changing the odds, the so-called "wheel" that would rotate the No. 1 pick to all 30 teams over 30 years and a play-in tournament to determine draft order. But Silver said there was no consensus on which direction to take and that it will be studied by the league's competition committee at its annual summit over the summer. The owners did not discuss a timetable for potential changes. ESPN.com

April 17, 2014 Updates

The sources said that, in order to pave the way for raising the age limit, the league would be willing to expand salaries in the D-League, giving each team a salary cap and allowing executives with each team to sign players as they wish. Not only would that allow D-League teams to sign good young players, it would allow NBA clubs to size up young executives and player evaluators. Of course, the NBA can't really come up with solid proposals just yet. The main issue slowing down changing the eligibility requirements remains the inability of the NBA players association to find an executive director who can negotiate with commissioner Adam Silver on the subject. But once a new director is in place, the age limit dilemma is expected to be a priority. Sporting News

April 13, 2014 Updates

It's a fact that has began a conversation to eliminate the conferences for playoff purposes and just have teams with the best records participate in postseason. But could such a radical idea really happen? That is unclear. But NBA commissioner Adam Silver told Fox Sports Southwest Friday night the Association is looking at several options. "I don't know if there will be movement, but my initial thought is we should take a fresh look at it," Silver said. USA Today Sports

"The ninth team in the West has a better body of work for the season than every single team in the East," Tom Penn, the former vice president of basketball operations for the Portland Trailblazers and a current ESPN analyst told USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick. "I mean 49 or 50 wins in the West is so much more impressive than the 55 or 56 that Indiana or Miami is going to stumble to. "And in fact, if the playoff format was such that Indiana or Miami had to face off against the ninth team in the West, they'd have a challenge on their hands big-time with the way they're playing. Those (West) teams are charging to the finish. Everything is relative. There should be an asterisk on everything based on the uneven schedule." USA Today Sports

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