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NBA, NBPA Holding Discussions On Ending One-And-Done Rule

Apr 10, 2019 3:21 PM

The NBA and NBPA are holding discussions to end the one-and-done rule. The league prefers to have the rule take effect in time for the 2022 NBA Draft.

The NBA's pursuit of NBPA concessions in the areas of mandating that draft prospects furnish teams with medical information and an additional requirement that would center on attendance and participation at the NBA pre-draft combine remain obstacles to a deal.

The NBPA has shown no inclination to surrender on these issues without a giveback elsewhere from the NBA.

The first draft that allows high school players to enter the NBA again will be one of the deepest in recent memory as it will stack the best players from two classes.

As one GM told ESPN, "There was a run on trying to get 2022 picks at the trade deadline."

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Jalen Lecque Draws Attention From NBA Personnel

Mar 9, 2019 12:00 AM

NBA executives, including Sam Presti, have recently watched Jalen Lecque play in person.

The 18-year-old Lecque, who's athleticism has drawn comparisons to Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook, is currently finishing his season at Brewster Academy.

The 6-foot-4 Lecque has yet to make a decision to declare for the draft, but many believe he will enter if he receives a first-round grade.

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Rasheed Wallace Named Head Coach At North Carolina High School

Mar 8, 2019 11:36 PM

Rasheed Wallace was hired as the head basketball coach at Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina.

Wallace, who was an assistant for the Detroit Pistons during the 2013-14 season, turned down NBA assistant job offers to go back to high school.

"Yeah, the money was good or whatever, but it's not about the money for me. It's about knowledge. Knowledge definitely should be free. It doesn't cost anything to pass that knowledge on to all the young men here. It's also my neighborhood school. I'm in the neighborhood. I'm in the community. So that's why it's definitely going to be important for me and the gentlemen to do community work," said Wallace.

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NBA Formally Submits Plan To NBPA To Eliminate One-And-Done Rule

Feb 21, 2019 5:07 PM

The NBA has formally submitted a proposal to the NBPA to lower the draft-eligible age to 18 from 19.

The NBPA and its executive director, Michele Roberts, planned to review the proposal Monday at a post-All-Star weekend meeting in the Bahamas.

Adam Silver is on record saying the current 19-year-old age limit is not working for the league or college basketball.

The rule change will likely take effect by the 2022 NBA Draft, which would give most teams ample time to prepare for the effects of the change.

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Anthony Edwards Commits To Georgia

Feb 11, 2019 10:34 AM

Anthony Edwards has committed to Georgia.

Edwards is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the incoming class of 2019. In a recent ESPN mock draft for 2020, Edwards is selected No. 2 behind Jaden McDaniels.

"The reason I picked the University of Georgia is because it's my home school," Edwards told ESPN's Paul Biancardi. "I want to put the state school back on the basketball map. Tom Crean is a great dude, and I believe in him coaching me and developing me. On my visit we watched film together, and he talks with so much energy."

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James Wiseman Commits To Memphis Over Kentucky

Nov 20, 2018 5:05 PM

James Wiseman has committed to Memphis over Kentucky.

Wiseman is a seven-footer from Memphis.

Wiseman announced his decision on SportsCenter, bringing out a unicorn wearing the Memphis logo. He has been referred to as a "unicorn," like other players with his unique size and ability.

Early in his recruitment, Wiseman was considered a strong Kentucky lean.

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LaMelo Ball Enrolls At Spire Institute In Ohio

Nov 6, 2018 2:26 PM

LaMelo Ball will return to the United States to play high school basketball at the Spire Institute in Ohio.

Ball had played in Lithuania with BC Vytautas Prienai.

“I’m excited to return to school and rejoin my class on the court for my senior year,” said Ball. “Playing in international competition was a great experience. I learned and matured so much. I appreciated the JBA experience my dad provided for me. I think it helped my development. I can’t wait to play with my peers.”

Ball is eligible to play because Spire is a prep school.

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Michele Roberts Anticipates Possible Unionization Of G League Players

Oct 24, 2018 8:05 AM

Michele Roberts reacted to an announcement from the NBA that the G League will have "Special Contracts" available for top prep stars who wish to forego college and make $125,000 for one season in the G League. The goal of the plan is to offer an alternate path for prospects who would rather not to go college before the one-and-done rule is eliminated, which will likely be by 2022.

“Everybody wants to stay at home. That’s natural instinct,” National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts told Yahoo Sports. “Going overseas is lonely. The G League, at least historically, has been a more profitable option … most of the time, guys are making more money, having access to family and friends.”

Roberts wasn't involved in the union when the one-and-done rule was enacted.

“I don’t know how many slots we’re talking about [for elite G League players with special contracts], I don’t know what additional conditions are attached to it,” Roberts said. “This is not something we’ve [the NBPA] negotiated. [The prospects] are not members of the union. I have more questions about that contract. The six figures will get some guys’ attention.”

Roberts told Yahoo Sports that unionization of G League players could be on the horizon.

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NBA Trying To Add Two Conditions To Elimination Of One-And-Done Rule

Oct 20, 2018 3:03 PM

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are struggling to reach an agreement on lowering the league's minimum age to 18.

The NBA is attempting to attach two conditions: requiring player-agents furnish all teams with medical information on draft prospects and also mandating players' attendance and some level of participation in the pre-draft combine.

The NBA hopes to have a deal with the NBPA to remove the one-and-done rule in time for the 2022 NBA Draft.

The league and union must collectively bargain any changes to a CBA that was ratified in 2016.

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G League To Offer $125k Salaries To Elite One-And-Done Prospects

Oct 18, 2018 12:15 PM

The G League is creating a new venture as an alternative to the current one-and-done route for the best American basketball prospects.

As part of a newly formed "professional path" starting in the summer of 2019, the G League will offer "Select Contracts" worth $125,000 to elite prospects who are at least 18 years old but not yet eligible for the NBA draft.

The rule will target recent or would-be high school graduates who would otherwise likely spend just one season playing college basketball. They will receive a six-figure salary and benefit from the NBA's infrastructure. 

Without the restrictions of the NCAA's amateurism rules, players will also be free to hire agents, profit off their likeness and pursue marketing deals from sneaker companies.

While changes to the NBA's age limit likely won't be implemented until the 2022 draft, the league considers this an immediate response.

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USA Basketball, NBA, NBPA, NCAA Announce Partnership Focused On Elite Prospects
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NBA, USA Basketball Blindsided By NCAA's Proposed 'Elite' Prospect Rule
USA Basketball prefers that the NBA make those decisions.

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NCAA To Allow 'Elite' Prospects To Hire Agents
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The first draft in which the rule is changed will surely be loaded with the best prospects from two straight high school classes.

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