New NBA CBA, NCAA Draft Entry Rules Lead to More Early Entries

A change to the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement may incentive additional underclassmen to enter the draft, much like the NCAA’s change to its draft entry rules spurred additional declarations last year. Under the new CBA, NBA teams are allowed to have two two-way contracts, which means that it can have players  who have less than three years professional experience to send between the NBA and D-League at a low salary ($75,000 base, with opportunities to make up to $275,000). So, if a student-athlete who has eligibility remaining has an opportunity to enter the draft, work his way up in draft position with hopes of getting one of these new two-way contracts, the likelihood of draft entry is much higher.  Rob Dauster of NBC Sports provides a solid breakdown of this new rule’s impact.