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The NBA is set to test proposed in-game flopping penalties for flopping during summer league. As per the latest announcement on Tuesday, the proposed penalty rules target players engaged in flopping and are intended to be implemented in the regular season as well. While the flop will be determined by the referees during the game, the players will be penalized by awarding one free throw or possession of the ball to the opponents.

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Not only this, but the player who commits the penalty will be assessed an unsportsmanlike technical foul, and it won’t be counted as a personal foul. Also, the foul won’t require the live game to be halted or stopped to be called by the officials, and instead, the officials can wait for the next “neutral opportunity” to pause the game and apply the penalty. It is to be noted that flopping is a tactic where players exaggerate contact to deceive game officials.

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An anti-flopping rule was implemented in 2012 resulting in warnings, and subsequently increasing fines for every violation. However, there wasn’t any in-game penalty,  and the rule rarely came into enforcement since its implementation. The NBA defined it as an "attempt to either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call by exaggerating the effect of contact with an opposing player."

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According to the officials, the penalty rules will be in effect on a provision basis during the summer league games that began on Monday, July 3 will serve as testing grounds for the rule. A meeting between the governors of the NBA board will vote on any rule changes in the upcoming 2023-2024 season.