Unlike many times in the past, the NBA and NBPA appear to be on the same page when discussing a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
It seems like an NBA lockout is nowhere near close to happening this time, with both sides seeing eye-to-eye on a new deal ahead of the deadline to opt-out.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, a new CBA getting agreed upon appears to be a foregone conclusion, but there is still some work to be done before it officially gets done.
The NBA and NBPA are progressing in talks on a new long-term collective bargaining agreement and a deal appears within reach ahead of Friday’s midnight opt-out deadline, sources tell ESPN. There are still gaps to close on an accord.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 31, 2023
One proposed part of this new CBA was lowering the minimum age to enter the NBA Draft, which is currently 19 years old.
This would essentially end the one-and-done era in college basketball, paving the way for players to make the jump straight out of high school like former and current superstars like Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were able to do.
If this is truly a long-term deal, as Wojnarowski suggests, the college game will remain as relevant as ever, with NBA teams keeping a close eye on top prospects around the country.
However, players like Scoot Henderson, who is expected to be one of the top players taken in the upcoming 2023 NBA Draft, chose to go a different route by playing with the G League Ignite before becoming available to be drafted.
Ironically enough, the top two players expected to be off the board at No. 1 and No 2 didn’t go the college route.
Victor Wembanyama, considered the consensus No. 1 pick in the draft, decided to play professionally in France before becoming eligible, which means things are changing.NEXT: NBA Analyst Pushes Back Hard Against Durant’s Legacy Comment