Commissioner Adam Silver is making sure the NBA world knows he wants to shake things up if nothing else. Whether it’s talking about ads on jerseys, revising the playoff format, or age limits for players, Silver is open to discussion.
A reported pay raise for the NBA’s Developmental League could be the first step into making the increase in the NBA age limit happen, according to a report from CBSSports.com.
With all the negative attention currently being given to the leagues “one-and-done” system, increasing the D-League salaries along with some added requirements may be the alternative some players seek.
From the CBS report:
In the dispute over what should be done about age limits for players coming out of college basketball and entering the draft, expect the NBA’s D-League to become a major battlefield.
According to multiple sources, a proposed plan that is circulating now would see the age limit extended from its current position — one year after high school graduation — to three years, essentially barring most players from entering the NBA until they are 20 or 21.
The sources said that, in order to pave the way for raising the age limit, the league would be willing to expand salaries in the D-League, giving each team a salary cap and allowing executives with each team to sign players as they wish. Not only would that allow D-League teams to sign good young players, it would allow NBA clubs to size up young executives and player evaluators.
If nothing else, this plan would give players a choice. They can come out of high school and attend college for a minimum number of years, or they can enter via the D-League. While one provides the money that players are so quick to seek, the other gives them a bigger stage, more exposure and better players around them (sometimes).
What do you think? Is this a plan that could raise the level of talent coming into the NBA and save some college basketball programs a lot of frustration?