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As Silver mentioned, this was being seriously considered during the last lockout, but the two sides decided to focus on the most important issues and return to these secondary topics later since the work stoppage had interrupted the season.
The NBA believes that this will help players mature and develop before turning pro, while also decreasing the amount of busts in the league since this would give general managers two years to evaluate prospects before drafting them.
The players oppose this, just as they oppose the age limit altogether, because they feel that it should be an individual’s decision when they want to leave school and enter the NBA. Adding one more season to the time that a player has to spend in college increases the likelihood of a player getting hurt before turning professional, and it would shorten their NBA career by one year.
The collective bargaining agreement won’t be up for renegotiation for another three years, so it will be awhile before this is even discussed. However, it’s likely that this will become a key topic during the next CBA talks.
Jameer Nelson’s name has been surfacing in trade rumors all season long, since he’s a 32-year-old veteran and Orlando is clearly in the midst of a youth movement. The belief is that the Magic would deal Nelson if it allowed them to get some sort of asset back in return, such as a talented young player or draft pick.
However, it’s important to note that Nelson and his family love Orlando, and he has made it clear that he isn’t trying to force his way out.
Keep in mind, when Nelson re-signed with the Magic in the summer of 2012, the team’s rebuilding effort had already begun so he knew what he was getting into when he inked that three-year deal. He is entrenched in the community and feels at home in Central Florida, and it seems he wouldn’t mind retiring with the Magic.
If he did get moved, Nelson would undoubtedly prefer to land on a winning team. At this stage in his career, he would love to be back on a playoff team and have the chance to compete for a championship, as he did earlier in his career when Orlando was one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams.
These two teams have been shopping for a reserve point guard in recent weeks, and they’ll continue to search until the trade deadline on Feb. 20.
Both of these teams were linked to Denver’s Andre Miller when the Nuggets were trying to find a home for their disgruntled floor general.
Don’t be surprised if one, or both, of these teams land a backup point guard in the days to come.
Their options could include Miller, Luke Ridnour, Beno Udrih, Jameer Nelson and Jarrett Jack (if Cleveland sells) among others.
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