D-League Rumors

According to N.B.A. people familiar with negotiations designed to avert a rancorous opt-out of the current deal next summer by owners or players, management and labor have mutual interest in raising D-League standards — but, not surprisingly, with different goals in mind. Commissioner Adam Silver is known to want the N.B.A. age limit extended to two years after high school, perhaps in exchange for increased D-League pay. Michele Roberts, the National Basketball Players Association’s executive director — while observing a moratorium on public comment during negotiations — has previously described herself as a firm opponent of any age restrictions.