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Report: No new discussions of lottery reform until next CBA negotiations

Adam Silver

Adam Silver


A year ago, NBA commissioner Adam Silver submitted a proposal to the league’s board of governors that would even out the lottery odds, which would have effectively destroyed the Sixers’ controversial rebuilding plan. The proposal fell short of the two-thirds majority of votes it needed to pass, keeping the current system as-is. As unpopular as the Sixers’ plan is, it looks like there won’t be any more discussions of lottery reform for a while, at least until the next CBA negotiations.

Via’s Zach Lowe:

There has been almost no buzz about lottery reform since, and league officials have said there likely won’t be until the next session of collective bargaining in 2016 or 2017.

As Lowe points out, the Sixers’ tanking efforts have yielded mixed results, proving that even the current lottery system doesn’t guarantee you’ll land a star in the draft. Several small-market teams, including Oklahoma City, lobbied against Silver’s reform proposal in 2014, fearing it would deter them from having the ability to land a star in the draft. We’ll see what the future brings on this topic, but since Silver’s previous proposal was already shot down, it’s hard to see any drastic changes happening.