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Owners Vote: NBA Draft Lottery Will Remain Steady for Now

In a mildly surprising turn of events, NBA owners vote against changing the league's draft lottery system.

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports today that NBA owners have voted down proposed reforms to the league's draft lottery system. Lottery odds, currently weighted by record, would have been more evenly distributed among the league's worst teams under the proposed reforms, removing perceived incentives for poor performance.

"Several teams started to wonder about unintended consequences and voted ‘no' to be able to do further study," one owner told Yahoo Sports.

Among the "no" votes were big-market teams Chicago and Washington, a source said, with small-market Sacramento, in a strange twist, voting for lottery reform.

The remaining teams that voted no were Phoenix, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Detroit, Miami, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Utah, Washington and Atlanta, sources said.

Wojnarowski adds this tweet:

From the report, it sounds like this issue is not dead, merely tabled for further study. Stay tuned.