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NBA owners vote down lottery reform

NEW YORK (AP) – NBA owners have voted down proposed changes to the league’s draft lottery system, staving off efforts to curb tanking for the time being.

The proposal was defeated 17-13 on Wednesday at the league’s board of governors meetings. It was a somewhat surprising turn of events after appearing earlier in the week that there was support for reforms that would make it more difficult for teams with the worst records to secure the top pick in the draft.

The vote means the existing system will remain in place for now. The team with the worst record will still have a 25 percent chance at getting the top pick and cannot drop lower than fourth.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says there was some concern that implementing changes would “have unintended consequences.”

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