New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver tells Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com that he is not only in favor of increasing the league age limit from 19 to 20, he wants to make a top priority.
Silver said the NBA’s Board of Governors talked wit NCAA President Mark Emmert about steps that could be taken to make that happen.
“If we’re going to be successful in raising the age from 19 to 20, part and parcel in those negotiations goes to the treatment of players on those college campuses and closing the gap between what their scholarships cover and their expenses,” Silver said. “We haven’t looked specifically at creating a financial incentive for them to stay in college. That’s been an option that has been raised over the years, but that’s not something that is on the table right now.”
UK coach John Calipari said Thursday that he is in favor of moving the age limit from 19 to 20 so players would have to stay in college for two years.
Windhorst said that if the Players Association agrees, the change could come as early as the 2016 NBA Draft.