NBA Made the Changes Regarding Timeouts, Game Flow and Trade Deadline

The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved rules changes pertaining to timeout format and procedures for administrating free throws and halftime.
Effective with the 2017-18 season, the maximum number of timeouts per game will decrease from 18 to 14.  In addition, during the last three minutes of a game, teams will be limited to two team timeouts each instead of the previous rule that allowed three per team in the last two minutes.
“These changes will help us fulfill our goal of improving game flow and pace of play,” said Byron Spruell, NBA President, League Operations.  “Fewer stoppages and less time without action, especially at the end of a game, will further enhance the viewing experience for our fans.”  
The rule modifications for timeouts are below:
Each team will have seven timeouts per game, with no restrictions per half.
All team timeouts will be 75 seconds. In the previous format, “full” timeouts were 90 seconds and “20-second” timeouts were 60 seconds.  Both “full” and “20-second” timeouts have been replaced by team timeouts.
All four periods will have two mandatory timeouts, which will take place after the first stoppage under the seven- and three-minute marks.
The under-nine-minute mandatory timeouts in the second and fourth periods will be eliminated.
Each team can enter the fourth period with up to four team timeouts.
Each team will be limited to two team timeouts after the later of (i) the three-minute mark of the fourth period or (ii) the resumption of play after the second mandatory timeout of the fourth period.
Each team will have two team timeouts per overtime period; previously teams had three.
The NBA also made the following changes regarding game flow:
Referees will assess a delay-of-game violation if a free throw shooter ventures beyond the three-point line between attempts.
Halftime will last 15 minutes for all games, beginning immediately upon expiration of the second period. A delay-of-game penalty will be issued if a team is not ready to start play at the expiration of the halftime clock.
In addition, the Board of Governors approved moving the trade deadline from the Thursday after the NBA All-Star Game to the Thursday 10 days before the All-Star Game.  With the new placement of the trade deadline, teams will be able to settle their rosters before the All-Star break and avoid the disruptions that result from players joining new teams just as practices and games are beginning to resume following the All-Star break.
The NBA’s Competition Committee unanimously recommended the rules changes before the Board of Governors’ vote.

Winners and Losers of the NBA Trade Deadline

​The trade deadline is over and no team pulled the trigger as no blockbuster deals were made amid trade rumors. Tobias Harris, Donatas Motiejunas, Jeff Green and Markieff Morris are some of the few key players that were traded.


Detroit Pistons – The Pistons are arguably the biggest winner of the trade deadline. Acquiring Tobias Harris, Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton will provide depth on their roster. Harris and Motiejunas can start at 3 and 4 respectively while Thornton will provide scoring off the bench. 

LA Clippers – The Clippers got rid of Lance Stephenson who is a disappointing acquisition last summer. Lance Stephenson hasn’t lived up the expectation since he left the Indiana Pacers. In return they’ve got a versatile stretch four in the name of Jeff Green. Green will provide much needed front court depth while Blake Griffin is out as he nurses hand injury. 

Phoenix Suns – The suns got rid of the disgruntled Markieff Morris who is a team cancer and locker room disaster. In return they’ve got two expiring contracts from the Washington Wizards (Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair) and a 2016 first round pick (top 8 protected) which they can use in their rebuilding process.


Memphis Grizzlies – The Grizzlies seem to be raising the white flag for this year as Marc Gasol is out for the season. They lose depth sending Courtney Lee to the Charlotte Hornets and Jeff Green to the LA Clippers. In return they’ve got Lance Stephenson, PJ Hairston and Chris Andersen, four future second round picks and a protected future first round pick from the Clippers.

Houston Rockets – The Rockets had not made any big move this trade deadline. They had move Dwight Howard who is most likely to leave the team and sign elsewhere this summer, They had failed to move also Ty Lawson. They only trade a very promising Donatas Motiejunas and scorer Marcus Thornton for a 2016 first round pick (top 8 protected) from Detroit Pistons which is not expected to be a lottery pick as the Pistons were expected to make the playoffs.

New Orleans Pelicans – The Pelicans had failed to move and acquire assets in exchange for Ryan Anderon despite the fact that many teams are interested on him. They will most likely lose Anderson in free agency this summer.