In a bid to restore balance between offense and defense in the NBA, the league has commenced discussions aimed at granting players more defensive latitude, addressing concerns of an imbalance favoring offense.

According to NBA insider Shams Charania, discussions on implementing substantive alterations to enhance defensive freedom have commenced within the league’s Competition Committee.

Charania revealed on FanDuelTV’s Run It Back that the committee convened on Tuesday to explore strategies for reintroducing physicality and rebalancing the game’s dynamics, with a focus on allowing defenders more leeway in their interactions.

“I’m told the NBA’s Competition Committee met on Tuesday and discussed ways to incorporate more defensive freedom, evaluating how to potentially allow more physicality…Using the next few months to strategize,” Charania said.

The NBA’s move comes amidst growing scrutiny over the league’s offensive-centric approach, which has led to inflated player statistics and, according to some critics, diminished the competitive appeal of the sport.

Games where players score 50, 60 or even 70 points have become more and more common, not to mention 30 or 40-point outbursts.

While the league has long prioritized offense and scoring as key entertainment factors, concerns have arisen about the diminishing role of defense in shaping gameplay dynamics.