The NBA announced today that they would allow their affiliate G-League to offer contracts to players directly out of High School. With this move this will basically destroy the Junior Basketball Association that was created by Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball‘s father, LaVar Ball.
The G-League will be offering $125,000 deals to elite prospects who wish to play professionally right out of high school starting in 2019-20. It is the latest move to give top high school players the option of going straight to the professional ranks without stopping for even a year of college.
“Select Contracts are an answer to the basketball community’s call for additional development options for elite players before they are eligible for the NBA,” NBA G League President Malcolm Turner said in a statement. “The supporting infrastructure surrounding these newly-created Select Contracts is designed to provide a rich offering of basketball and life skills developmental tools for top young players to grow along their professional paths from high school to the pros.”
LaVar Ball’s basketball league unofficially died today when the NBA announced that the G League would be willing to sign players — who are 18 but not yet an NBA eligible 19 — to a 5-month, $125,000 contract.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 18, 2018
Honestly though, I doubt some of these young stars will want to participate in the G-League…
I have doubts about how many top players will go this route. Some, yes. But G-League is full of early connecting flights, long bus rides, small gyms. It isn't glamorous. Big-time NCAA ball still has the trappings of exposure, packed houses, private jets. You'll get paid there too
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 18, 2018
This move comes a year after LaVar Ball started his JBA-League. The league which season ended rough, as some of the players who were promised contracts were yet to be paid, and for some reason LaVar wants to expand the league even more in 2019…
Btw…I think it’s awesome that LaVar does have this passion for the game, and to help these kids get a chance to play professionally..
With this move happening, I wonder if the youngest Ball brother, LaMelo Ball will join the G-League or continue to play for his fathers, JBA… Mark my works Melo will be the best Ball brother…