The 2017-18 NBA season tips off in less than three weeks and with all of the possible major trades completed, players signed, and new uniforms revealed it would seem like all fans had left to do was stay up-to-date on training camps and get familiar with NBA 2K18.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) September 27, 2017
Unfortunately, Adam Silver and the Association had different plans.
Just as the offseason was anything but this summer, the NBA threw a few last-minute surprises in the weeks leading up to the new campaign.
#NBA Board of Governors pass draft lottery reform, will begin in 2019
STORY | https://t.co/K4ize7crVs
— Sixerdelphia (@Sixerdelphia) September 28, 2017
For starters, the hugely unpopular and archaic draft lottery has been reformed.
Effective prior to the 2019 Draft, the 14 non-playoff teams will have more balanced odds, which may help disincentivize teams from tanking and resting healthy stars.
NBA has approved the draft lottery reform, stops tanking & player resting rules. Below shows new lotto odds to previous odds (ESPN) pic.twitter.com/5qRF780hLy
— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) September 28, 2017
The other news surrounding future seasons in the NBA is that the salary cap projections have been reported.