The NBA and NBPA are always working to find different ways to promote the league and make it better. In the latest negotiations, it seems that there will be some major changes coming in the near future.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBA is changing the draft eligibility age, dropping it from 19 to 18, paving the way for the return of high school players who would make the immediate jump from amateur to professional. This is expected to happen in 2024:
“The league and the NBPA are expected to agree to move age eligibility for the NBA Draft down from 19 to 18, paving the way for the return of high school players who want to make the immediate jump to the NBA, according to sources familiar with the discussions.”
“The NBA set the draft age limit at 19 in 2005. Silver said in July that he is “confident” in the rule change in the next CBA cycle and both sides seem motivated to reduce age eligibility for the Draft.”
This is obviously momentous but will also disrupt many of the top college programs, which will lose strong recruits because they will choose to make the jump to the NBA right away after their senior year of high school.