The NBA and Players association are expected to reach an agreement on changing the age eligibility for the draft from 19 years to 18. This rule change will lead to the return of high school players who want to take the jump straight into the NBA according to The Athletic ’s Shams Charania.
The NBA had previously increased the age requirement from 18 to 19 back in 2005, but in July commissioner Adam Silver expressed that he was “hopeful” the rule would be reversed. If the rule change is agreed upon, high school graduates could enter the 2024 NBA draft.
Charania further reported, “The league and NBPA are expected to agree on moving the age eligibility for the NBA Draft from 19 years old to 18, clearing the way for the return of high school players who want to make the leap to the NBA, per sources with knowledge of the discussions.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver welcomed this idea while talking to ESPN earlier this year. Silver addressed that this would be the right thing to do and hoped that the change will be introduced over the next two years. "I think there's an opportunity [to change it]," Silver said.
"It's [based on] larger conversations than just whether we go from 19 to 18, but I'm on record: When I balance all of these various considerations, I think that would be the right thing to do and I am hopeful that that's a change we make in this next collective bargaining cycle, which will happen in the next couple years."
Silver expressed that this will be in the league's best interest to begin interacting with the players at a younger age and aid their development, both on and off of the court. "It may be the case that it's in all of our interests that we start impacting with these young players, especially because in our sport they are identified at such a young age," Silver said.
"And begin working with them on their development then, not just basketball skills but increasingly there's a focus on their mental health, their diets, just helping them build character and all of the important values around the sport."