NBA commissioner Adam Silver hopes to have an agreement in place with the players union that will allow graduating high school seniors to enter the league again by the 2022 draft, but talks with the players union have stalled over players’ medical records, according to ESPN.
The “one-and-done” rule, requiring players to be one year removed from their high school graduating class, went into effect in 2005.
Silver reportedly wants to make sure that agents representing players coming out of high school furnish medical records for their clients to all NBA teams — not just the teams they want their clients to land with.
The league also wants players to take part in the pre-draft scouting combine.
Silver is negotiating with NBPA executive director Michele Roberts to modify the collective bargaining agreement the sides reached in 2016.
“We’re investing millions of dollars into players who we’ll now have even less information about coming out of high school, and we should have the right to have all the information available on who we are selecting,” an unnamed general manager was quoted saying by ESPN.
Agents are hoping Roberts holds strong, suggesting the access to medical information is the only leverage the players have in the draft process.
“Some organizations are run better than others,” one agent said. “A lot of success comes from a player getting into the right situation at the right time. If I can do something that influences that, why would I give that up?”