The NBA and NBPA discussed the possibility of eliminating one-and-done and lowering the minimum age as part of their new collective bargaining agreement, but neither side felt passionate enough about the issue to push for it.
In exchange for allowing high school players to enter the NBA directly, the NBA reportedly wanted an extra rookie scale year, which would delay when they can sign an extension or become a restricted free agent.
"I think the league wanted the rookie scale to go another year so it would be another year before players could get their rookie extension or restricted free agency," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "That was something they obviously didn't get in talks, but I think was tied a little bit to one-and-done."
Under the current system, players can sign an extension after Year 3 and become a restricted free agent after Year 4. If an extra rookie scale season was given, then they would have to wait until Year 4 to sign an extension and Year 5 to become a restricted free agent.
Part of the reason why there was less urgency from both sides on the issue is because it is no longer a moral one due to the increase in ways non-NBA players are able to earn income whether it is through G League Ignite, Overtime Elite or NIL.