Michele Roberts Rumors
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association’s conversations on eliminating the one-and-done entry rule have centered on lowering the minimum age requirement no sooner than the 2020 draft, league sources told ESPN. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts have discussed scenarios to end the requirement for American players to wait one year after high school graduation to enter the NBA draft, but no formal agreement could be reached before the NBPA’s executive committee, including president Chris Paul, gather for a meeting at the end of the NBA playoffs in June.
Chris Mannix: NBA puts out a statement on its Commission on College Basketball report, that includes this: “Regarding the NBA’s draft eligibility rules, the NBA and NBPA will continue to assess them in order to promote the best interests of players and the game.”
Chris Paul: Congratulations are in order @Michele Roberts!! Thank you for everything- your leadership and guidance allow us to be the best version of ourselves, on and off the court. Extremely proud of our players for continuously thinking outside the box and choosing the BEST leader in Sports!
Michele Roberts, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, says initial discussions on how to shape mental wellness going forward involved “very little pushback on the concept of confidentiality.” “But the devil is always in the detail,” Roberts told ESPN. “As we began to talk about what this would look like, and what we could actively communicate to the players, there were some conflicts.
With an original four-year agreement set to expire in September, Michele Roberts plans to seek a new contract as the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, sources tell ESPN. Roberts plans to send a formal letter of her intentions to the union’s executive committee in the near future, sources said.
Roberts had strongly considered staying in the NBPA’s executive director role for only the length of her original contract — and expressed that to the union’s senior membership — but has recently decided to pursue a longer tenure, sources said. NBPA president Chris Paul played a significant part in Roberts’ hiring in July 2014 and he has built a strong working relationship with Roberts.