The NBA tweaked its rules in the offseason in order to combat teams from resting players en masse. Commissioner Adam Silver can fine teams $100,000 this season if he determines they’re resting healthy players for either a nationally televised game or a marquee matchup on the road.
Lue — who was one of the coaches who chose to rest his stars all at the same time on several occasions last season, prompting the league to take issue with the practice — said the new rules don’t apply to Sunday, considering it’s an exhibition.
Not for preseason, Lue said. I don’t think it’s a must that guys play. Throughout the course of the regular season, of course we’ve got to abide by the rules.
Cleveland started Kay Felder, Cedi Osman, Kyle Korver, Jeff Green and Ante Zizic against the Wizards.
Reformatting the playoffs is something we’ll continue to look at, Silver said before a preseason game between the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Mercedes Benz Arena. I think though it would require revisiting the regular-season schedule as well. As I’ve said before, we don’t play a balanced schedule now, as I’m sure you know. And for those that don’t, that means that teams in the East play each other more than they play teams in the West. And our feeling is, if we were going to seed 1-16, we would need to play a balanced schedule to make it fair for everyone if we were going to seed 1-16 in the playoffs. It may be that as we continue to experiment with the number of days over which we can schedule 82 games that it will create more of an opportunity for a balanced schedule.
Silver also reiterated that the league is not tied to an 82-game schedule forever. The league is starting the season a week earlier this year to carve out more rest for players in the schedule.