One-and-done rule ending? Don't count on it, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski
Recently, there has seemingly been a movement toward eliminating the one-and-done rule for the NBA Draft.
However, perhaps it’s time to pump the brakes on that train of thought. Per ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the 2022 or 2023 NBA Draft might not feature high school players like originally expected.
On “The Woj Pod” this week, Wojnarowski said the discussion might not be picked back up until the 2025 collective bargaining agreement (via CBS Sports):
A lot of us believed a year ago, 18 months ago, that the NBA and the player’s association would come to an agreement on ending the one-and-done — they would set a date in the future, but we thought it would be 2022, 2023 when high school players would be able to go back in the draft. That has not happened. It is not on the horizon, largely because the union and the league, as part of letting the high school players back into the draft, the league has wanted players to have to make available their physicals and medical evaluations to all teams … The union, backed very hard by the agents, had said, ‘That’s not something we’re gonna give in on. We’re not going to give you full access medically. That’s the one advantage that we feel we have as agents and players to control the process.’
That’s been the major sticking point for a couple of years now. And there’s a real strong possibility that the one-and-done conversation isn’t picked up again until the next collective bargaining agreement in 2025.
So, for now at least, it seems we’ll have the top high school players coming to college or turning pro in other forms for a year before going to the NBA. Then, we’ll see what happens in 2025.