The NBA is looking into changing its draft eligibility rules by 2021, according to a report by ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
Lowe reported Friday that the NBA sent out a memo that states the league may change its draft eligibility rules by 2021. The rule would be changed in part due to the ongoing college basketball corruption investigation.
The NBA on Friday sent teams a memo indicating that “eligibility rules” for the draft may shift as early as 2021 (but no earlier) as the league reviews issues “related to player development and the corruption investigation in college basketball,” according to a copy of the memo obtained by ESPN.
Arizona and USC are two of the schools that have been probed by the FBI in regard to the bribery scandal that rocked college basketball last season.
The memo does not specifically mention the “one-and-done” rule, according to Lowe, but that rule is at the heart of the issue. The NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement does not expire until 2024, but the NBA and the players association could agree to eliminate the “one-and-done” rule before the agreement expires.