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Frequently Asked Questions: NBA G League Professional Path And Select Contract

Professional Path: Select Contract Announcement | Malcolm Turner Q&A

What is a Select Contract?

A Select Contract is part of a new professional path in the NBA G League for elite athletes who would like to develop their skills as a professional basketball player before they are eligible to enter the NBA Draft.

How much will players on signed to a Select Contract earn?

Players signed to Select Contracts will earn $125,000 for the five-month NBA G League season.

What is the timeline for Select Contracts?

Select Contracts will be available beginning with the 2019-20 NBA G League season.

Who is eligible to sign a Select Contract?

To sign a Select Contract, a player must be 18 years old by September 15 of the year he’ll play in the NBA G League and be considered an elite prospect.

Is there a maximum age for players signed to Select Contracts?

No, there is no maximum age for a player to sign a Select Contract, but he cannot have gone through an NBA Draft process.

Who decides which players are offered Select Contracts?

The NBA G League will establish a Working Group which will work with a Program Manager to oversee the professional path program and identify players for Select Contracts.

How many Select Contracts will be offered?

While there isn’t a cap on the number of players who will be offered a Select Contract, the intention is that they are for a very specific group of elite players who are eligible for the NBA G League but not yet eligible for the NBA.

Are players signed to Select Contracts eligible to be “called-up” to the NBA?

No – players signed to a Select Contract are not eligible to play in the NBA because they won’t yet have gone through an NBA Draft.

When will players signed to Select Contracts be eligible for the NBA Draft?

Players signed to Select Contracts will be eligible for the NBA Draft following their year in the NBA G League.  For the first class of players signed to Select Contracts, that means the 2020 NBA Draft.

Can players signed to Select Contracts be on any NBA G League team?

Players signed to Select Contracts will be allocated to G League teams by a yet-to-be-determined mechanism which will be finalized prior to the 2019-20 season.

Does the NBA parent club of an NBA G League team a player under Select Contract is on own his NBA rights?

No –players signed to Select Contracts will all be eligible for the NBA Draft immediately following their season in the NBA G League.

Can NBA teams scout player signed to Select Contracts while they’re playing for another NBA team’s minor league affiliate?

Yes – While the specifics of how scouting players signed to Select Contracts will be solidified prior to the 2019-20 season, the intention is that those players will have an opportunity to be scouted by all 30 NBA teams during games and practices

What off-the-court opportunities are afforded to players signed to Select Contracts?

The NBA G League is working on the specific opportunities for players signed to Select Contracts, which will include academic scholarships, life skills training and mentorship programs.