The NBA is set to build on its player rest policy that was implemented in 2017. According to Yahoo Sports NBA insider Chris Haynes, teams that rest multiple healthy players could face significant fines.
Yahoo Sources: NBA implementing new resting policy for 2020-21 season with teams prohibited from resting healthy players for any high-profile, nationally-televised game and violation could result in a fine of at least $100,000.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 7, 2020
In a follow-up Tweet, Haynes explained the scenarios that could trigger fines from the NBA:
On new Player Resting Policy, absent unusual circumstances, team should not rest multiple healthy players for same game and teams should not rest healthy players on road. And in situations when teams decide to rest healthy player, player should be visible to fans.
The Trail Blazers open their regular season schedule against the Jazz on Dec. 23. Portland does not have a back-to-back on its schedule until the end of January. At home, the Blazers face the Knicks on Jan. 24 and the Thunder on Jan. 25.