Players in the NBA’s G League are getting a pay bump, the league announced on Tuesday.
That means players like Shaquille Harrison and Josh Gray will make more money playing for the NAZ Suns, with or without getting called up to the big club. Of course, any time spent with the NBA club still gets them NBA-money by the day.
Last season players earned between $19,000 and $26,000 for five months of work. Next season those numbers will receive increases between 35 and 84 percent. The max G League will be worth $35,000, before bonuses. Deals will also include housing and insurance throughout the season.
At long last, ball players can make gamer money.
JUST IN: The NBA announces that G-League players will make $35,000 for five-month season in 2018-19.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 17, 2018
The $35,000 now matches what the NBA is paying gamers who got drafted in the first round of the NBA2K League draft.
If players are fortunate enough to land a two-way contract, they’ll be eligible to earn pro-rated salaries of $77,250. Two-way contracts allow a player to bounce back and forth between the G League and the NBA.
It’s unclear whether this will make the G League a more viable option for players waiting the required year to compete in the NBA. Despite the pay increase those numbers still pale in comparison to the $100k Deandre Ayton was allegedly compensated for the season he spent with the Arizona Wildcats.
Last season a record 50 players were called up from the G League, including three by the Suns: the aforementioned and Isaiah Canaan. Not to mention the Suns two-way contracts from last season that included Mr. 36-point Alec
Brown Peters and Danuel House Jr, who were on a different pay scale than Harrison and Gray.