Possible NBA in-season tournament in the future

Over the past few years, the NBA has been looking for ways to make the season more exciting. One example was recently implementing a play-in tournament for the final few spots in the playoffs. 

Something else the NBA has considered is an in-season tournament.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there has recently been renewed momentum to create a future in-season NBA tournament among the league’s 30 teams, which could become part of the calendar as soon as 2022-23 or 2023-24 season.

The early ideas around this tournament would have it starting with pool play as part of the regular-season schedule before teams with the best records advance to an eight-team, single-elimination tournament that would culminate before Christmas. In turn, the regular season would be shortened from 82 to 78 games.

As an incentive, the NBA and NBPA have discussed a prize of $1 million per player for the winning team.

This is similar to the recent G League in-season tournament that netted players on the winning team $100,000.

Especially for teams that aren’t able to make the playoffs, this could be another way to increase competitiveness throughout the course of the regular season.

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