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Adam Silver expects change in playoff seedings

NBA commissioner Adam Silver answers questions at a

NBA commissioner Adam Silver answers questions at a news conference after a deal was announced between the league and TV networks in New York on Oct. 6, 2014. Credit: AP / Mark Lennihan

LAS VEGAS - A change to the NBA's playoff seeding appears to be on the horizon.

Commissioner Adam Silver said the topic came up during Tuesday's Board of Governors' meeting and there's a growing sentiment that the format will be changed for the 2015-16 season.

Currently, the top four teams in the final conference standings are based on division winners. Even if a team finishes with a better record than a division champion, the division winner gets the higher seed.

Maybe not much longer.

"There's been a lot of discussion about playoff seeding, especially this year as to whether a division winner should get a top-four seed," Silver said. "The recommendation from the competition committee is that we should seed one through eight based on conference standings for the playoffs and we should just eliminate the preference for a division winner in playoff seedings."

Silver said the proposal wasn't voted on yet because the league wanted owners to have a chance to talk about the potential change with their respective general managers and coaches. But Silver said there will be a vote before next season and the expectation is that the change will be adopted and implemented in time for next season.

Silver also said "a significant" number of teams are losing money. He declined to name them or reveal the exact number that are operating in the red.

The Nets reportedly lost $144 million in 2013-14, have paid millions in luxury taxes in their three seasons in Brooklyn and are in the middle of building a $50-million practice facility in Sunset Park.

As for possible changes regarding the league moratorium -- a period in which players are allowed to negotiate contracts and come to verbal agreements, but not actually sign deals -- Silver doesn't anticipate any. DeAndre Jordan's about face after agreeing to a four-year, $84-million deal with the Mavericks on July 3, only to re-sign with the Clippers last Thursday, exposed a major flaw and Silver said "there was a breakdown in the system to a certain extent."

"It may be that we do need to take a fresh look and shorten it for a few days," Silver said. "But no one, at least from the owners' standpoint came up with a better solution to how to deal with free agency."

Robinson injures knee

Thomas Robinson suffered a small meniscus tear in his right knee, the Nets announced.

Robinson, who was injured while working out in New York, is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday. The 6-9 forward signed a two-year, $2.2-million deal with the Nets last week to help provide depth in the frontcourt.

In a tweet, Robinson, 24, suggested the injury isn't serious.

"I'll be fine minor setback literally," Robinson wrote on his Twitter page.

Williams joins Mavs

Deron Williams has joined his hometown Mavericks after the Nets bought out the contract the point guard signed when he spurned Dallas three years ago. Williams, who grew up in the Dallas area, signed a two-year, $10-million deal yesterday. He has a player option in the second year.-- AP

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