Draft age limit set to return to 18 next CBA cycle

As Bryce and Bronny James are approaching the start of their professional careers, the NBA community has been speculating when exactly LeBron James’ sons will be able to join the Los Angeles Lakers All-Star in the NBA.

Rules set out by the NBA’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) mean that Bronny, who is three years older than Bryce, will become draft-eligible no earlier than 2024 — a year after graduating from high school. However, the NBA is considering changing the draft age limit from 19 to 18, leading to questions over whether James’ eldest son could enter the NBA early.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the age limit is expected to be lowered in the next CBA cycle — but the change likely won’t affect Bronny’s draft eligibility:

The league and NBPA are expected to agree to change NBA Draft eligibility from 19 to 18, paving the way for the return of high school players looking to make the leap into the NBA, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions. .

The NBA set the age limit for the draft at 19 in 2005. Silver said in July that he was “hopeful” about the rule change in the next CBA cycle, and both sides seem motivated to lower the age eligibility for the draft. draft.

The lowered age limit for jumps from high school to the NBA would take effect as early as the 2024 NBA Draft.

Interestingly, the move may not even allow Bryce to declare for the NBA Draft right out of high school. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that while the league’s negotiations with the NBPA do indeed suggest that a lowering of the age limit is on the horizon, this new CBA won’t necessarily eliminate the “one and done” rule for several years to come:

Introduced in 2005, the “one-and-done” rule states that a basketball player can declare for the NBA Draft only after completing at least one year of college. If it remains in effect, the league still won’t allow a direct jump from high school to the NBA.

It looks like James will have to wait until he’s 40 if he really wants to keep playing until his two sons join the league. While big changes are coming to the NBA, it looks like it will be a few years before they are officially in effect.

LeBron, Bryce and Bronny Cover September’s Sports Illustrated

The news shouldn’t dampen the buzz that already accompanies the James children – who recently joined LeBron on the cover of the September issue of Sports Illustrated.

In doing so, Bryce and Bronny appeared on SI as high schoolers about 20 years after LeBron did in 2003.

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