And-Ones: Expansion, Draft Picks, COVID-19 Protocols

There has been plenty of speculation about the possibility of NBA expansion since commissioner Adam Silver opened the door to the possibility during a preseason press conference.

However, Silver said at the time that the issue isn’t on the “front burner” for the league, and stressed again this week in a Sportico event that he doesn’t believe the time is right to focus on expansion, with the NBA still trying to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Interestingly, in an apparent reference to a recent report which suggested that league officials have floated a potential $2.5 billion expansion fee, Silver told Sportico that he thought “some of the reported numbers are very low in terms of the value at which we would expand.” While we want to be careful not to read too much into Silver’s comments, especially since expansion is likely still a ways off, the implication there is that the NBA would seek an expansion fee that exceeds $2.5 billion.

Here’s more from around the basketball world:

  • The Stepien Rule, which prevents NBA teams from leaving themselves without any first-round picks in two consecutive future drafts, and the Seven-Year Rule, which prohibits teams from trading picks more than seven years in the future, are significantly limiting the ability of certain clubs to trade draft picks right now. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst (Insider link) examines what that means, speculating that it might make it more challenging for some clubs to bid on the next star player who becomes available via trade.
  • After recently tightening its health and safety protocols related to the coronavirus, the NBA will increase its efforts to enforce the rules prohibiting pregame and postgame hugs and handshakes between players, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who says the league will have team security at the midcourt area to discourage those interactions.
  • As our JD Shaw relays (via Twitter), the NBA has changed the tip-off times for a number of upcoming games on the scheduled from January 23-31.
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5 thoughts on “And-Ones: Expansion, Draft Picks, COVID-19 Protocols

  1. Lil_D_Top_3

    Still don’t get the difference between guarding someone real close and u sweat on them, and a post game hug/handshake. Someone please school me on this.

    • Ezpkns34

      Guarding someone close = playing basketball = making the NBA money

      Post game hugs/handshakes = not playing basketball = not making the NBA money

      Literally all it is

  2. The Howler

    Its not a sweat thing but definitely a breathing thing. There is a reason gyms should be closed and it is because of all of the huffing and puffing that goes on. If there is an asymptomatic player in a game then he is expelling a lot of virus while exerting himself.

    The recent numbers released by the NBA shows that the rate of infection would place the NBA as the 3rd worst county in the whole country!

    • Lil_D_Top_3

      I get that but if you’re close enough to sweat on someone aren’t you close enough to breathe the same air?

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