INDEPENDENCE: Coach Tyronn Lue said the Cavaliers will “abide by the rules” after the NBA Board of Governors agreed on a new policy for resting healthy players Thursday.

The league instituted a fine of at least $100,000 for a team that rests healthy players for a high-profile, nationally televised game.

This season the Cavs play 39 games on national television, which includes ESPN, ABC and TNT.

The Cavs created an uproar last season when LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love stayed home for a Dec. 14 game at Memphis, the second night of a back-to-back against the Grizzlies. On March 18, controversy arose again when the Cavs’ Big Three sat out a nationally televised game against the Clippers, the first night of a back-to-back in Los Angeles.

“That’s a lot of money wherever you’re at — $100,000? That’s a big fine, but we’re going to try and play by the rules,” Lue said after practice Friday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “We’re going to try and rest at the right moments, and guys that get through it will try to get through it, but we’re going to abide by the rules.”

New league rules also said a team should not rest multiple healthy players for the same game or rest healthy players on the road. The changes state those who are rested should be visible and “available to interact with fans.”

Those who violate the policy or rest a healthy player in circumstances “prejudicial or detrimental to the league” will be subject to discipline.

The Cavs have nine players on the roster over 30, but Lue said he will not resort to playing veterans briefly to circumvent the rules.

“Guys are not doing that these days. They’re going to play or they’re going to sit out,” Lue said. “They’re not going to play five minutes and then be on the bench the rest of the game. Once you get playing and the juices are flowing, you want to play the whole game. So, no, I wouldn’t do that.”

Nor would Lue list a player with a sore hamstring just to get him a night off.

“No, I don’t want to wish bad luck on anyone, making up an injury,” Lue said.

James still out

James sat out practice again Friday after turning his left ankle on Wednesday. The Cavs said James remains day-to-day.

Marla Ridenour can be reached at mridenour@thebeaconjournal.com.