WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) - NBA commissioner Adam Silver is open to exploring the idea of doing away with the one-and-one rule and paving the way for high school players to enter the league.
In an effort to move forward, Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College basketball on Thursday, according to ESPN, in an informational meeting about the implications of such a move.
The NCAA ultimately has no bearing on what the NBA does with its draft entry rules.
The players’ union has wanted to get rid of the one-and-done rule, believing it curbs earning potential and restricts employment.
The NBA, at the time of the last CBA negotiations in 2016, had wanted to implement a rule that players must be two years removed from high school graduation, but there was no progress made.
Silver addressed the issue earlier this summer at the NBA Finals.
"In terms of age, that is something that we agreed during the negotiations to table," Silver said in June. "Michele Roberts and I spoke directly about it, Chris Paul as president of the union, and I think we all agreed that we need to make a change.
As I've said before, our position, at least our formal position, going into bargaining was that we wanted to raise the minimum age from 19 to 20, and of course their formal position was that they wanted to lower the age from 19 to 18.
"I think it's one of those issues that we need to come together and study. This year the projection is that we're going to have 20 one-and-done players coming, actually being drafted this year. When we first changed the minimum age from 18 to 19, the following year in 2006 we had two one-and-done players.
"So my sense is it's not working for anyone. It's not working certainly from the college coaches and athletic directors I hear from. They're not happy with the current system. And I know our teams aren't happy either in part because they don't necessarily think that the players are coming into the league are getting the kind of training that they would expect to see among top draft picks in the league.
"So we're going to come together with everyone who is interested in the community, whether it be the colleges, the of course our union, agents, lots of points of view out there, and see if we can come up with a better system."
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