Adam Silver ‘hopeful’ NBA age limit will lower in next CBA

The NBA commissioner spoke in Las Vegas at the NBA 2K23 Summer League about the possibility of the league lowering its age limit to 18 years old in the next collective bargaining agreement.

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ADAM SILVER: I've been very public [INAUDIBLE] back a few years ago that my position had changed, that when I first became commissioner in 2014 I had talked about raising the eligibility age to 20. And over the years have been convinced because of a lot of societal changes, now most recently change in NIL, et cetera, and listening to Condoleezza Rice and hearing her committee's recommendations that we should move to 18. But as I've said, it's not my unilateral ability to do that. It can only happen through collective bargaining.

There were some discussions that we had when Michele Roberts was still the executive director as to whether that was something we wanted to do on a one-off basis. And it didn't end up happening. And I think in part because some of the players are conflicted and some of the teams are conflicted about what's right here.

I think there's an opportunity. It's a larger conversation than just whether we go from 19 to 18, but I'm on record and when I balance all these various considerations I think that would be the right thing to do. And I am hopeful that that's a change we make in this next collective bargaining cycle, which will happen in the next couple of years.