National Basketball Association will offer big money to lure top players away from NCAA

National Basketball Association will offer big money to lure top players away from NCAA

Additionally, the National Basketball Association G League will further enhance player experience through existing partner relationships and National Basketball Association player development programming.

Thursday's announcement that the National Basketball Association plans to offer what it's calling "select contracts" worth $125,000 to elite pro prospects not old enough to be eligible for its draft drew a mix of incredulity and consternation from some associated with the WNBA. In addition to the six-figure deal, they will also be given the benefit of an NBA-like infrastructure for training and other off-court development programs "geared toward facilitating and accelerating their transition to the pro game", league president Malcolm Turner said.

There is no age limit to being able to take up a "select contract", but a player can not be given one if they have already been through an NBA Draft. Will this venture be open to worldwide players as well, including Canadians or Australians who often matriculate to the NBA via American high schools or college basketball?

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.

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WNBA players can opt out of their current collective bargaining agreement with the league by October 31.

According to ESPN's Jonathan Givony, the G League will offer a "professional path" starting in the summer of 2019 which includes "Select Contracts" worth $125,000 to elite prospects who are at least 18 years old but not yet eligible for the National Basketball Association draft.

Given the significant difference in physical maturity and experience, G League Select prospects could be risking their draft stock while their peers face NCAA competition.

Elite high school prospects for years have elected to sign with college programs, fulfilling their NBA Draft requirements by being one season removed from high school in order to become draft eligible.

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