The NBA has implemented a new NBA player participation policy aimed at increasing the presence of star players, including Indiana Pacers’ guard Tyrese Haliburton.
This NBA player participation policy will take effect at the beginning of the upcoming regular season and specifically targets star players, defined by the NBA as those who have been selected to an All-NBA Team or an NBA All-Star team in any of the prior three seasons or during the current season’s All-Star Game.
As a result, Tyrese Haliburton, a guard for the Indiana Pacers, falls into this star category. Furthermore, any other players from the Pacers who make the 2024 All-Star game will also be affected by this NBA player participation policy.
The new regulations are designed to regulate player availability. According to the NBA, teams with star players must adhere to several guidelines unless the player is sidelined for approved reasons such as injury, personal matters, or back-to-back games based on their age. These guidelines include:
- Ensuring that no more than one-star player is unavailable for the same game.
- Guaranteeing that star players are present for all national television and NBA In-Season Tournament games.
- Maintaining a balance between one-game absences for star players in home and away games.
- Avoiding extended player ‘shutdowns.’
- When resting a healthy player, make sure the player is in attendance at the games to be visible to fans.
- Currently, the Pacers only have one-star player, so they won’t face the issue of multiple stars being unavailable or rested for the same game. However, they must ensure that, if healthy, Haliburton plays in national TV games and In-Season tournament matches.
Although the Pacers have no history of resting players for important games, they may consider this new rule change in their strategy. If they decide to rest Haliburton or any future stars, the league prefers that it occurs equally during home and away games, with an emphasis on preventing extended absences and keeping players visible to fans.
Since the Pacers have only one nationally televised game, opponents might rest players more frequently against Indiana. However, the NBA hopes that the home/road rest balance will still allow fans in Indianapolis to witness star players in action.
The full impact of this NBA player participation policy will become clearer once the season commences. ESPN reports that teams will face fines for policy violations, incentivizing teams to avoid resting players. Some organizations may be more affected than others, and the Pacers will need to consider how this policy might affect Haliburton and their team dynamics this season.