The enlistment age in the NBA is expected to be lowered from 19 to 18

David Richard USA Today Sports
The NBA Players Association is currently in negotiations with the NBA as they piece together the final details of a new collective bargaining agreement. There are many topics under discussion, but one of the biggest issues involves lowering the NBA’s legal age eligibility from 19 to 18 again. It is a proposal that is expected to be approved.

Doing so will allow more athletes who feel they are in favor to go public with the NBA draft. This isn’t the first time, and probably not the last, that the NBA has decided to change draft eligibility rules. Previously players could enter the league right after high school, and this has led to many young sensations, from Kevin Garnett to Tracy McGrady and even LeBron James, among many others.

However, for every name kids still know today, there are hundreds of others that have been forgotten. Skipping college completely doesn’t always work out, but for those who have proven their ability, it’s a great option.

That appears to be what the NBA is trying to win back, to some extent, by lowering the eligibility age by a year. Lately, we’ve seen top potential basketball players find other ways to put college aside while pursuing their careers in the rings, like going to the G-League, or, as Brandon Jennings once did, by playing overseas. This is clearly an attempt to work with their players more rather than rule with an iron fist.

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The NBA CBA talks also focus on mental health, and tougher tax penalties for luxuries

According to Shams Shaaraniya, several other issues are under consideration. One of them includes a brand new “mental health rating” that teams can start presenting to players in the injury report.

Should we call this the “Ben Simmons rule”?

The designation essentially allows players to point out any mental health issues they are dealing with and treat them like any typical injury, such as a sprained ankle, or anything else that would prevent players from getting dressed.

We’ve recently seen a rise in players becoming more vocal about their struggles, as when Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan spoke about their mental health battles in the past. And of course, Ben Simmons noted that he wasn’t mentally prepared to take the floor during his final year with the Philadelphia 76ers.

This rule will allow teams to help their players not only when they are dealing with physical illness but also when they are facing their own issues that are not related to physical pain.

Another hot topic lately has been welfare tax penalties, and the Golden State Warriors have been on the receiving end of some criticism around the league. The league is expected to look for a way to create more penalties for franchisees who some feel are abusing the system, but in reality changing the process may be more difficult than many expect. This issue is far from resolved. For now, changing the enlistment age eligibility in the NBA remains one of the rules likely to change in the upcoming CBA. We’ll see what’s also included in due course.

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