For now, the NBA will keep its one-and-done rule, allowing college players to enter the NBA draft one year from their high school class graduating, sources said. Nevertheless, the league and union will continue discussing alternatives to the draft-entry rule and could agree to change the early-entry rule over the course of the labor agreement, league sources said. The NBA has been advocating a rule that forces American players to spend two years in college – or outside the NBA – before becoming eligible for entry into the NBA draft.
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The NBA and its players have agreed in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement, one that still needs to be ratified by players and owners in the coming weeks. The league announced the tentative agreement Wednesday night, one day before the sides faced a deadline for opting out of the current deal. It ensures the two sides will avoid the kind of ugly labor dispute that led to a lockout and missed games in 2011.
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Per The Vertical’s Adrian Wojanarowski, the rule would allow veteran stars to sign five-year extensions with a year left on their current contracts. The rule, per Wojnarowski was created “in an effort to incentivize players to re-sign with their own teams.” If Westbrook were to re-sign under the proposed designated veteran rule, he’d be under contract for another six seasons following the 2017-18 season. In addition, the rule would apply to restricted free agents and players coming off their rookie contract, allowing them “to be guaranteed more money to stay with their current teams over testing the free-agent market,” if they hit certain benchmarks such as All-NBA selections and individual awards like Most Valuable Player.
Source: – via Oklahoman