In June, I discussed how the NBA sent teams a memo just prior to the 2018 Draft letting them know that the league’s “one-and-done” policy for draft eligibility could end as soon as 2021. The Heat traded away their unprotected 2021 first-round pick for Goran Dragic, potentially removing them from the top talent in a draft loaded with talent from two consecutive high school classes.
But it looks like the NBA won’t change the policy until 2022, giving Miami a break.
NEW: Heat notes, including pending NBA decision with big implications for Miami; Josh Richardson; Kevin Durant; Wade; Haslem and more: https://t.co/1ntYNrbO0z— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 12, 2018
The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson said that the Heat did not lobby the NBA to delay implementing the rule until 2022. But in any case, Pat Riley is probably happy that his 2015 trade won’t cost him six years later.