NBA hopes to lower draft age to 18 at next CBA – NBC4 Washington

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High school players could supposedly make the jump straight to the NBA again two years from now.

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are expected to reduce draft eligibility from 19 to 18 in their upcoming collective bargaining agreement, Charania from Athletic’s Shams reported on Monday.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in July that he was “hopeful” that the new age requirement would take effect in the next CBA cycle. The current CBA runs until the end of the 2023-24 NBA season, so high school players can enter as soon as the 2024 draft.

Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett are among the NBA stars who have entered the league since high school. Still, there were other draft failures that prompted the NBA to institute its one-and-done rule in 2005, which required players to spend at least a year out of high school before putting their name in the draft.

The NBA and NBPA have a mutual deactivation date of December 15th under their current CBA. Charania said the two sides will hold a face-to-face meeting at the end of September.

At that same meeting, the NBA and NBPA will also discuss whether players can cite mental health issues the same way they do physical injuries, potential for more severe luxury tax penalties, and an emphasis on civility between players and fansaccording to Charania.

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