NBA Looking At Nets For Possible Load Management Violation

The NBA is reviewing the Nets‘ roster decisions for this past Wednesday’s game, reports Brian Lewis of The New York Post. According to Lewis, the league is evaluating whether Brooklyn opting to rest most of their top players qualifies as a fineable offense.

As we previously covered, the Nets held out starters Cameron Johnson, Nic Claxton, and Spencer Dinwiddie vs. Milwaukee in the second game of a back-to-back set after all three played on Tuesday. Johnson and Claxton were listed as out due to “injury maintenance,” while Dinwiddie was simply listed as out due to “rest.”

Brooklyn also didn’t use Mikal Bridges, Royce O’Neale, or Cam Thomas after the first quarter, giving their other starters a de facto rest day too. The move irked Bridges, who said after the game that he would’ve been fine handling his usual workload and pushing harder for a victory.

The new “player participation policy” instituted by the NBA this season only affects players who were named to an All-Star or All-NBA team in the past three seasons. The lone player on Brooklyn’s roster who meets that criteria is Ben Simmons, who has been sidelined since early November due to a back issue, so the team didn’t violate that policy on Wednesday.

However, the league has other rules related to resting healthy players that were implemented in the past in an effort to curb load management. Notably, the NBA discourages its teams from resting multiple healthy players in the same game.

As Lewis points out, the Nets were previously fined $25K last December when they held out eight regulars in a game against Indiana.

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