The NBA recently sent a memo to its teams outlining additional restrictions for scouts. Among the changes:
• Team personnel are not permitted to attend any national team or international professional games to scout a player that was on an NBA roster last season or was a 2011 draft prospect. The only loophole is if the player in question didn't finish last season on an NBA roster or team has received advance approval from the league. If such a rule had been in place at the start of the lockout, NBA teams wouldn't have been able to scout most FIBA tournaments this past summer.
• Team personnel can't scout any college or international practice or scrimmage if a player who was on a 2010-11 NBA team roster or was a 2011 draft prospect is participating. Former University of Washington guard Isaiah Thomas(notes) was drafted by the Sacramento Kings this year, but is still attending the school during the lockout. NBA scouts can't watch a Washington practice if Thomas is participating.
• NBA scouts can watch prep school prospects only when they play against other prep schools, but not when they are playing against high schools or participating in prep school practices and dunk/shooting contests.
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