The NBA’s G League is creating a new venture as an alternative to the one-and-done route for the best American basketball prospects, it was announced Thursday.
As part of a newly formed professional path starting in the summer of 2019, the G League will offer “Select Contracts” worth $125,000 to elite prospects who are at least 18 years old but not yet eligible for the NBA draft.
Breaking: #NBAGLeague to introduce professional path for elite prospects not yet eligible for @NBADraft, beginning in 2019-20 season.
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While changes to the NBA’s age limit likely won’t be implemented until the 2022 draft, the league considers this a response to such criticism.
“The broader basketball community has called for the NBA to enhance our G League offerings,” Turner told ESPN. “We believe this is an answer to that call. We believe this is a thoughtful and responsive answer.”
Players will be eligible to sign a Select Contract if they turn 18 by Sept. 15 prior to the season in which they would play. While there is no maximum age for a player to be eligible for a Select Contract, the contracts are not available to players who have gone through an NBA Draft.
The NBA G League’s 18th season tips off on Nov. 2nd with a record 27 teams. The 50-game regular season runs through March with the playoffs taking place in April. For the 2018-19 season, NBA G League rosters are made up of players signed to NBA two-way contracts, players signed to NBA G League contracts and NBA players on assignment in the NBA G League.