Report: NBA and union to lower draft age to 18 by 2024

The NBA and the players’ association are expected to agree to lower the minimum age for the draft from 19 to 18 by 2024, The Athletic reported Monday.

The move would open the door for high school players to jump straight into the NBA draft. The league set the draft age at 19 in 2005.

The league and union have a mutual opt-out of the current collective bargaining agreement which will be concluded on December 15th. Both the league and NBPA are keen to lower the draft age, according to the report.

The sides are in discussions about tweaks and additions and have another in-person meeting scheduled for this week, according to The Athletic.

Other changes being discussed are adding a mental health designation to injury reports, tougher luxury tax penalties and an emphasis on fan civility.

– Field-level media

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