According to ESPN, the NBA requirement was approved by the league office because the NCAA’s new approach changed the definition and application of “eligible players” for NBA draft consideration. Current NBA collective bargaining agreement language grants graduating college seniors who exhausted their NCAA eligibility automatic entry into the following year’s draft.
July 30, 2021 | 12:14 am EDT Update
Andrew Greif: Housekeeping notes to confirm and add: The second-round pick the Clippers sent NYK to get Keon Johnson was Detroit’s 2024. In the Jason Preston deal, the Clippers are sending Orlando a 2026 second-rounder from Detroit.