LAS VEGAS — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is certain that changes are coming to the league.
Some are easy.
Others, not so much.
Speaking after the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday night, Silver said he thinks the league is ready to scrap the rule requiring players to be out of high school for a year before becoming eligible to enter the draft. That one should be relatively simple to move forward now, while notions such as how to find more competitive balance are still a puzzler to the league and its commissioner.
“I’m not here to say we have a problem,” Silver said. “And I love where the league is right now. But I think we can create a better system.”
Part of that better system, he thinks, will be reverting back to the policy that will allow players to go into the league right out of high school — something that should be in place in time for the 2021 NBA Draft, though that timeline has not been formally announced. Silver was a proponent of making the eligibility age older, up to 20 instead of the current 19, though has changed his stance on that in recent weeks.
“My personal view is that we’re ready to make that change,” Silver said. “It won’t come immediately. But when I’ve weighed the pros and cons, given that Condoleezza Rice and her commission have recommended to the NBA that those one-and-done players now come directly into the league and in essence the college community is saying ‘We do not want those players anymore,’ I think that tips the scale in my mind.”
Michele Roberts, the National Basketball Players Association’s newly re-elected executive director — the players’ union announced a new four-year deal for her earlier Tuesday — has had talks with Silver on the topic, though she stopped short of revealing specifics. Any change to the rule will require that the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement will have to be amended.
“Stay tuned,” Roberts said, adding, “I suspect that we’ll have some news in the next few months.”
Now that Silver is on board, that switch should be painless. So, too, will be a relatively minor tweak to free agency rules, that being a …read more