Starting next summer, the G-League will be offering elite prospects who are 18 years old but not eligible for the National Basketball Association draft $125,000 contracts to play in the league's development arm, ESPN reported.
The NBA's decision to entice budding star high school players as an alternative to its one-and-done rule would pay those prospects a higher salary than the current maximum in the WNBA, a figure in the neighborhood of $110,000-$120,000 annually.
In April, Rice said, "Elite high school players with National Basketball Association prospects and no interest in a college degree should not be forced to attend college, often for less than a year". Additionally, the National Basketball Association G League will further enhance player experience through existing partner relationships and National Basketball Association player development programming.
The NBA has unveiled a new career path for elite, young basketball stars that could persuade them not to play in Australia's NBL, Europe or with a USA college team. Who will determine which prospects are good enough to make the cut?
These are questions that Turner says will be answered in the near future with the help of a soon-to-be-hired dedicated program manager who will oversee the G League professional path, as well as a working committee that will tackle many of these tasks. That is important considering the long layoff between the end of a player's high school career in the spring and the start of the season in November.
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NBA G League Select Contracts are designed for year-round professional growth and will include opportunities for basketball development, life skills mentorship and academic scholarship.
The deals are available to athletes who are 18 years old by September 15 prior to the season in which they would play.
WNBA players can opt out of their current collective bargaining agreement with the league by October 31.
The NBA and G-League made a landscape-altering announcement on Thursday with the G-League disclosing its plans for "professional path" contracts.
The G-League is obviously a lesser league than the NCAA as far as lifestyle goes. As of now, players have to be 19 years old or a year removed from high school to be draft eligible.