NBA approves coach's challenge; Adam Silver discusses improving free agency process

Associated Press

Published 9:58 p.m. ET July 9, 2019 | Updated 1:23 a.m. ET July 10, 2019


USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt is on site at NBA Summer League and the buzz surrounding a potential Russell Westbrook trade has dominated the conversation.

LAS VEGAS – The NBA knows its rules about when teams can negotiate with free agents are not being followed.

So expect changes on that front for 2020.

The NBA’s board of governors discussed ways Tuesday to fix that process – either by changing rules, adding rules or potentially eliminating some rules that may be outdated – and decided that it’ll all be worked on over the next several months in an effort to ensure fairness across the league.

“The one strong conviction I have is that we should not have rules that are not strictly enforced,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “And we know that’s the case right now. And whether that’s by virtue of practice, whether it’s because just the world around us has changed, whether it’s because players have power that they didn’t use to have … let’s step back, let’s reset, let’s talk to our players’ association about…

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