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

The G League will offer a paid alternative to college basketball for those seeking NBA The G League will offer a paid alternative to college basketball for those seeking NBA
Cary Erickson | 19 October, 2018, 05:29

The NBA and G-League made a landscape-altering announcement on Thursday with the G-League disclosing its plans for "professional path" contracts.

Thats a Woj burn right there.

Of course, as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski notes, the G League isn't almost as "glamorous" as playing for a top college program, where players will easily gain tons of exposure and be treated like kings.

How will the G League's contracts work?

You can debate whether or not college athletes gets paid, but it's pretty obvious that some Division I basketball programs provide some sort of compensation, as Woj points out. But it is preparing to offer select prospects a more lucrative avenue than college.

Woj isn't the only one who has qualms with the new rulings.

The move will allow for the highest level of high school basketball players to make money and train within an NBA infrastructure in the year before they're eligible to be drafted.

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Though NBA commissioner Adam Silver said it's likely to change, now players have to be out of high school for a year before being eligible for the draft. It's an answer to the call by the Commission on College Basketball to embrace alternative options for "one-and-done" players who attend one year of college basketball, then leave to enter the NBA draft.

Earlier this year, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James called the NCAA model "corrupt" and said he would suggest to National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver a plan to expand the G League and turn it into more of a farm system with an eye on truly preparing young talent for the National Basketball Association.

The G League will look to supplement the basketball aspect of this venture with a significant off-court component as well, borrowing from its existing slate of development and educational tools that include life skills, post-career planning and academic scholarship opportunities through partnerships with universities. Turner also said the G League will be selective with the players they look to bring into the program - with a strong emphasis on character and readiness to join a pro league.

Athletes will have only one season on a G League Select Contract.

High school players can go directly to the G League now if they choose, although there's a maximum annual salary of $35,000.