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

Professional Path: Select Contract Announcement | Malcolm Turner Q&A | Feaster & Strickland to Lead Initiative

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?

Former WNBA player Allison Feaster will lead the NBA G League professional path initiative and former NBA player Rod Strickland will serve as the professional path’s program manager.

Strickland, who played in the NBA for 17 seasons and brings a wealth of collegiate and amateur coaching and administrative experience, will focus on educating elite prospects about the comprehensive components of the NBA G League’s professional path. Feaster, who had a successful 10-year playing career in the WNBA, will helm a group tasked with identifying those eligible players and overseeing the implementation of the professional path initiative. She has been serving as head of NBA G League player personnel and coach relations since last year.

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.