- Aug 15, 2011
NBA, NBPA expected to agree on lowering draft eligibility age to 18, CBA negotiations ongoing, per report
The NBA and NBPA can both opt out of the CBA in December
- The league and union are expected to agree to move the minimum age for NBA Draft eligibility from 19 to 18. The league increased the minimum ahead of the 2007 draft, but moving it back down would clear the way for high schoolers to become eligible again. This change could come as soon as 2024, setting the stage for a long-rumored "double" draft in which the best high-school seniors are eligible alongside the top college freshmen who had to wait a year.
Granted G League Ignite and others have started poaching some of the top HS already, but this would send it back to the 2005 NBA draft days where I would expect the Top 10-20 or whatever to go pro.
Also if there's expected to be a 2024 "double draft", I would expect ANYONE that has even an outside shot to go pro will leave after this year.