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Silver aims to end one-and-done trend

NEW YORK — Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college. So much so that NCAA president Mark Emmert was invited to discuss his involvement with owners.

Silver is moving cautiously on potential changes to areas such as the lottery format and playoff structure but makes it clear that raising the draft age limit to abolish the so-called "one and done" trend is one of his priorities.

Freshmen Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke are expected to be top-five picks in June, but Silver believes teams are taking those players young because of the system, not because it's their preference.

"The fact that our teams would draft these players if they were coming out of high school as they used to, or one year out of college, I think doesn't mean change isn't necessary," Silver said Friday.

The age limit requiring U.S. players to be 19 and a year out of high school was implemented in 2005. Silver said a change was unlikely for next season.

Kerr to Knicks?: Steve Kerr will be offered New York's coaching job — a post which isn't open but is widely presumed to be after Mike Woodson's expected firing — the New York Post reported. Kerr, a TNT analyst, is the former general manager of the Suns but has not been a head coach on any level.

Suspension: Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes has been suspended 20 games for violating the league's antidrug policy, according to multiple reports. The suspension means the team will be without the former Florida standout when it opens its playoff series tonight. Yahoo Sports reported that Calathes, 25, tested positive for Tamoxifen, a banned substance found in a supplement he had been taking.

D'Antoni future: Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak praised embattled coach Mike D'Antoni as the team finished exit interviews after a franchise-worst 55-loss season. D'Antoni will meet with Kupchak and Lakers owner Jim Buss soon to determine whether he returns.

Sager cancer: TNT analyst Craig Sager will miss the playoffs to have treatment for leukemia. In a news release, Sager said "a dramatic turn has matched me with acute myeloid leukemia."

Pre-lottery Lottery: The Jazz won a random tiebreaker with the Celtics, giving Utah the fourth-best chance of winning next month's draft lottery.

Silver aims to end one-and-done trend 04/18/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2014 10:36pm]
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