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NBA Lottery Reform Likely Postponed Until Salary Cap Stabilizes

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver answers questions at a news conference after a deal was announced between the league and TV networks, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in New York. The NBA has extended its television deals with ESPN and TNT for nine years. The league announced Monday that the new contracts will run through the 2024-25 season. The previous eight-year agreements end after the 2015-16 season. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver answers questions at a news conference after a deal was announced between the league and TV networks, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(SB Nation) – Thanks to the uncertainty that will come with next summer’s dramatic increase to the salary cap, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he plans to postpone changes that could be made to the NBA lottery system, for now.

The NBA’s plan to “smooth” over the salary cap over a few seasons was formally rejected by the player’s association earlier this month. With the TV revenue set to increase from $930 million to $2.67 billion in 2016, the cap is now expected to jump as much as $30 million in a single year.

“What I am hearing from some of the general managers in the league is that because it’s unclear how the cap will operate with a massive amount of cap room in ’16 and ’17 and potentially in the year after that, it may be premature to change the lottery until we have a better understanding of what the changed behavior will be. So it’s something we are going to continue to look at,” Silver told the Houston Chronicle.

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