In 2017, the NBA’s Board of Governors voted to allow the league and Commissioner Adam Silver to fine teams who violated the league’s guidelines about resting players. The policy stated that teams weren’t allowed to sit healthy players for high-profile and nationally televised games, and fines for violating that would be at minimum $100,000.
The rules stated in 2017 also said that, “unless there are unusual circumstances, teams should not rest multiple healthy players for the same game or rest healthy players when playing on the road.”
Now as the 2020-21 regular season gets set to tip-off, the league has updated the protocols to the player resting policy.
Per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the NBA is implementing new policies this season for healthy players resting during any high-profile/nationally-televised game. The fine violation is still at least $100,000. But now it seems that fine may be enforced a bit more this upcoming season.
The policy remains the same in regards to teams not resting multiple healthy players for the same game or resting healthy players on the road; but now if a team does decide to sit a healthy player, that player is supposed to be made visible to fans in some way.
The league is looking to eliminate games where teams rest several of its starters because it's the second night of a back-to-back.
This doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t still see ‘load management’ listed often in injury reports, but it looks like the NBA is hoping to limit superstars from sitting out of big-time matchups.
Not only is this a positive for fans, who always want to see the best product on the floor, but it will also, of course, be helpful from a betting lines standpoint.