Silver, NBA unhappy with free agency, trade demands

NBA approves coach's challenge instant replay for 2019-20 season

The NBA is introducing a coach's challenge ahead of the 2019-20

"My sense in the room today, when it comes to free agency and the rules around it, we have work to do", Silver said at his annual Board of Governor's press conference on Tuesday, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

This year's free-agent negotiating period was to begin on June 30 at 6 p.m.

Details have not been released on what plays will be challenge-able and how many potential reviews each team will receive, but it certainly seems like Adam Silver and the league office is working to improve the officiating throughout the National Basketball Association. "And as I said, it's still the same principles of fair balance of power and a sense that it's a level playing field".

"I think you have unique circumstances with those players and those teams".

"My job is to enforce a fair set of rules for all our teams and a set of rules that are clear and make sense for everyone. The one conviction I have is that we should not have rules that are not strictly enforced".

Additionally, the league approved a new rule that will allow the replay center in Secaucus, New Jersey to trigger instant replay on select plays.

Trying to nix the desires of star players as they wield their power is another challenge all together and one the National Basketball Association will need to tread lightly in addressing.

Under consideration are changing the rules about how and when draft-night trades are announced. If a coach wants to challenge the play, he or she must first call a timeout and then immediately signal to the referee that they want to challenge the play. Addressing trade demands will prove a hard task for Adam Silver. But when the issue revolves around the individual desires of certain players, it's hard to develop league-wide mandates to affect meaningful change without unforeseen side effects leading to other issues.

In order to challenge a play, coaches must have a timeout remaining, and the team must call a timeout immediately after the incident they wish to challenge takes place.

Seeing big names on the move is nothing new in the National Basketball Association, of course.

The NBA has flirted with the idea of adding a challenge system for a while, experimenting with one such system in the G League back in 2014. And no, there won't be a flag for each coach to toss as in football; a twirling of the finger, the signal referees now use, will be sufficient.

The league told teams Friday that, pending expected approval by the Board of Governors on July 9, coaches may challenge a personal foul charged to their team, a called out-of-bounds violation, a goaltending violation or a basket-interference violation.

If a team requests a challenge without a timeout, a technical foul will be called, and the play will not be reviewed.

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