New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – NBA commissioner Adam Silver emphasized during the board of governors meeting that settting the league’s age minimum to 20 is his top priority.
A majority of the owners support the move, although the league is still waiting for the players’ association to name an executive director before formally negotiating.
Silver said the league and the NCAA have discussed how to help players prolong their stay in college to secure the union’s acceptance.
He noted that to be successful in raising the age from 19 to 20, they should address the treatment of college players and create a financial incentive for them to stay in college.
Silver also wanted to look at comments saying development may be better outside the NBA or the environment isn’t ideal in college
Also discussed were ways to potentially ease a player’s transition from college to the NBA. This could include changes in officiating and game play, such as reducing the NCAA’s shot clock, which is 35 seconds compared to the NBA’s 24.