Mark Cuban has a bold plan for revamping the NBA Draft
There’s still plenty of uncertainty surrounding when and how the 2020 NBA Draft will occur, but Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sees an opportunity for change. Chatting with University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari on the Coffee With Cal podcast, the Mavs owner proposed major changes to the draft process that could benefit prospects (and front offices) navigating an unprecedented pre-draft process and seeming finality to their college careers.
“I’d like to see the draft expand from more than two rounds to three or four…By doing that we create more doors and opportunities and more certainty with players…Expand the number of rounds. Open up more slots for guys,” Cuban stated.
“Why not let — because it’s so flexible — let these kids stay in stay in the draft and if they don’t get drafted, go back to college?” he added.
The NCAA awarded spring 2020 athletes an extra year of eligibility, but not winter-season athletes.
“This is the opportunity to really look at things that didn’t work well before and change it all. And you know what? I’m going to throw it out there. If the NCAA can’t get it right, maybe it’s time to say goodbye to the NCAA,” Cuban opined.
ESPN reported that many teams want the draft ti be pushed back to Aug. 1 or later. The draft remains slated for June 25, but any resumption of the 2019-20 season would commence in June at the earliest.
It’s not the first bold idea Cuban has thrown out in the last 48 hours. The 61-year old billionaire Mavs owner revealed on “Fox News Sunday” that he may still consider a run for the 2020 presidential election.