NBA Rule Changes: Trade Deadline Moved Before All-Star Break; Reduced Number of Timeouts

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 07/13/17 08:43AM EDT

When the 2017-18 NBA seasons starts this coming October, expect a much faster, quicker gameplay during the final three minutes of every games. Plus, the league also approved its earlier plan to move the trade deadline 10 days before the 2018 All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

From Three to Two Timeouts

As posted on NBA News, starting this coming 2017-18 NBA season, the number of timeouts per game will decrease from 18 to 14, 7 timeouts for each team. Plus, the contending teams will only be allowed to call two timeouts only during the final three minutes of the game.

"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."

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver welcomed this latest development as they are now focused on the pace and flow of the game, as reported by ESPN. According to Silver, since instituting changes in the gameplay, they cut down the game's length from two hours and 23 minutes to two hours and 15 minutes.

Trade Deadline Moved Forward

Meanwhile, Shams Charania of The Vertical reported that the league also approved its earlier plan to move forward the thread deadline to Feb. 8, 2018, 10 days before the NBA All-Star Games which will be held at the Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers. According to Charania, the Board of Governors voted last Tuesday to move the trade deadline from the Thursday following the All-Star break to the second Thursday of the month before the Feb. 18 game.

This move is reportedly intended to make the trade deadline earlier and force the front offices to decide faster. Previously, NBA teams often wait until the final day before deciding and/or announcing roster changes via trade. Such was the case of the Sacramento Kings trading DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans during the All-Star Game in New Orleans.

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