According to reports, the NBA's one-and-done rule is on its way out.
The NBA and NBPA are expected to move the draft-eligibility age back down to 18 as part of a new collective bargaining agreement. As soon as the 2024 NBA draft, there will be a change.
The two sides are working on a new deal. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement will end after the 24th year.
Both sides can begin formal negotiations by December 15. A new deal is almost certain if the current one is reopened. It will be possible to give the two sides time to talk if the current deal is not renewed.
The union is trying to protect the mental health of its players. The players want to be considered for missing time if they have mental health issues.
Ben Simmons was fined by the Philadelphia 76ers for missing games last season because of his mental-health concerns. The two sides reached a financial settlement.
The players are trying to have equity in the sport beyond their playing careers, according to the executive director of the NBPA.✨ Watch more top videos, highlights, and B/R original content
In the next chapter of the Union, creating wealth is critical. It's important to their legacies. We all know that to have money, you have to invest. The uncertainty of an NBA career makes it crucial to plan for what will happen after the ball stops bouncing.
There will have to be more equity structures in place to compensate the players for their contributions to the game. The sale of a team could be the reason. It could be the deals they are entering where they are getting equity after a certain amount of time. I don't believe we've looked at it before. The thing has been here and now.
The end of one-and-done would have an immediate impact on the league because most fans don't invest much in the financial battles between millionaires and billionaires. The NBA implemented a rule that requires players to be out of high school for at least one year before entering the draft.
College basketball became a minor league after a rash of prep-to-pro busts. Young superstars would leave within months of arriving on campus.
It's hard to say that the rule has made the draft process any more precise. The rate of draft busts is the same as it was under the prep-to-pro format.
The NBA launched the G League Ignite team, which features high-level prospects earning a salary rather than going to college. Both sides seem to agree that it's better to cut out the middleman and allow 18-year-olds to join the league again.