Just one day after NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he was “ready to make (a) change” to the one-and-done rule, it looks like there has been a slight setback on the official termination.
According to an ESPN report this afternoon, the elimination of the NBA rule may be pushed back a year.
“Teams have been told privately by league officials not to expect that to actually happen prior to the 2022 NBA draft,” ESPN reported.
Word out of the Vegas Summer League is NBA teams aren't expecting the NBA Draft age limit/one and done rule to be eliminated prior to the 2022 NBA Draft. That's the word executives are getting from the league at this stage. Vegas buzz column with @kpelton https://t.co/R16ftv1Rb6
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) July 13, 2018
This comes just a day after the Associated Press reported the rule change would occur in 2021, saying it “should be in place for the 2021 NBA Draft, though that timeline has not been formally announced.”
Even with the delay, there is no denying change is inevitable and the one-and-done is coming to an end.
According to Silver, there’s a better system out there, and it involves elite high school recruits joining the league immediately.
“I’m not here to say we have a problem,” Silver said. “And I love where the league is right now. But I think we can create a better system.”
He said he has even spoken to head of the Commission on College Basketball, Condoleezza Rice, about the end of one-and-done, a decision that would drastically change the landscape of college basketball.
“My personal view is that we’re ready to make that change,” Silver said. “It won’t come immediately. But when I’ve weighed the pros and cons, given that Condoleezza Rice and her commission have recommended to the NBA that those one-and-done players now come directly into the league and in essence the college community is saying `We do not want those players anymore,’ I think that tips the scale in my mind.”
(Not sure I agree that the college community doesn’t want one-and-done players anymore, but whatever)
Nonetheless, be ready for a major change in the near future.