National Basketball Association development league offers contracts to deter NBL sojourn

Doug Mendoza
October 21, 2018

Players will be eligible to sign a "select contract" if they turn 18 by September 15 prior to the season that they would spend in the G League. And despite the protests of Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski, the stories we heard in NY are probably just the tip of the iceberg. "Most kids don't want to be in school for four years, especially the kids that have the ability to go the next level". It's just the one-and-done kids.

The offering will essentially take the place of the one-and-done system many take issue with, including those on the Commission on College Basketball. The coaching would also be geared to their advancement in pro basketball. That's not allowed by the NCAA.

Free of the restrictions of the NCAA's amateurism rules, players will be able to hire agents, show off their likeness and pursue marketing deals from sneaker companies, which could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in endorsement opportunities to some of these top prospects.

"Further, he could decide to pursue college part-time while enjoying a pro basketball career or pursue college full-time after his basketball career ends. But might have considerable earnings in hand and could focus on academics".

Players are not eligible to enter the National Basketball Association draft until one year after high school. Of Calipari's 26 first-round draft picks at United Kingdom, 23 were one-and-dones.

In related fashion, the G League is making MAJOR moves.

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The Select Contracts also solve a problem for the G League, which has been asked to enhance its offerings. Calipari asked. "They're road kill".

That's a legitimate point. A college program at least benefits from the exposure of an NCAA run or at a minimum the news a top prospect garners on ESPN and the like so even in a one and done status, they have a vested interest in improving the player.

The initiative is slated to start in the summer of 2019.

This could very well create a divide between the NCAA and the National Basketball Association moving forward.

In addition to higher salaries in general, the G League also recently has increased the number of two-way contracts it can offer, which not only adds money to a player's potential earnings, but also creates a cleaner, easier path to playing time in the National Basketball Association.

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