[USA Today] – The NBA has submitted to the National Basketball Players Association a formal proposal that will lower the draft-eligible age to 18 from 19, a person with knowledge of the proposal told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss discussions between the league and the union.
The NBPA and its executive director, Michele Roberts, planned to review the proposal Monday at a post-All-Star weekend meeting in the Bahamas.
The league and union have had informal discussions about lowering the age limit, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver is on record saying the current 19-year-old age limit is not working for the league or college basketball.
This is the first step in formal negotiations to lower the age limit by the 2022 draft. The issue is collectively bargained between the NBA and NBPA, and both sides need to agree to any rule change.
Good. This is a good thing. It’s coincidental with the Zion news, but there is a rumor that the NBA is ready to change the draft rule to 18 for minimum age by the 2022 draft. That’s a good thing.
Remember, the NBA is the one and done rule. Not the NCAA.
But, what are we going to argue about? What happens when a player gets hurt? Will we still bitch and moan about them sitting out? We shouldn’t. We should still argue about what amateurism actually is and how to define it in 2019 and not 1940 like we currently do.
Now, the hold up is, the NBA wants the NBPA to agree that players medical records won’t be hidden. It makes sense. But, this is something agents do to try and hold power. They decide what teams will see medical records to try and help steer a player to a certain team. If the Bulls have the No. 1 pick and Zion doesn’t want to go there, in theory, they don’t have to share medical records. That would change as an agreement to lowering the age to 18.
Sign off on it.
As for the college basketball side stop freaking out about this. I don’t know why so many people I’ve seen say college basketball is going to die without the one and done. We’ve seen the world like this before! Guess what? It was fine. We had stars. We’re still going to have stars. We’re still going to have stud freshmen. We’re going to have seniors. We’re still going to watch.