Trade deadline moved, timeouts trimmed among National Basketball Association rule changes

The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved a reduction in the maximum number of timeouts per game from 18 to 14, according to the league’s press release. The number of timeouts in late-game situations – specifically the final three minutes – will be reduced from three timeouts to two timeouts per team.Halftime will last 15 minutes for all games, beginning immediately upon expiration of the second period. Previously, each team had three timeouts in OT. The horror. But it will all be worth it in the end, especially if college basketball sees what the pros are doing and decide to adopt similar rules. Out of timeout plays and saving timeouts in order to advance the ball late will become even more important as teams search for any edge they can get to pull off a victory. Still, this should help appease those fans who complain about the constant breaks in play at the end of games. Both will be replaced with 75-second team timeouts.There are also no more “full” or “20-second” timeouts, which actually took 90 and 60 seconds, respectively. If an All-Star is traded before the new trade deadline to the other conference, does he also switch conferences for the All-Star Game?The impetus for change in part came from the roster chaos teams experienced earlier this year when DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the Pelicans from the Sacramento Kings right after the All-Star game.- Each team will have two team timeouts per overtime period; previously teams had three.”The motivation for moving the trade deadline before All-Star was the sense that it was more unsettling to have a player traded right after the All-Star break”, Silver explained.”The thinking was we are adding an extra week to the season this year, to space out the travel and given that we are starting roughly October 17 is the first day of the season, therefore if we were going to make the change, this was the time to do it”.