WNBA Players Upset That NBA’s G-League Is Offering High School Recruits More Money Than The Max WNBA Salary (TWEETS)
On Thursday, The NBA G League announced their creation of a “professional pathway” for would-be one-and-done NCAA players by offering them “select contracts” worth upwards of $125,000, according to league president Malcolm Turner.
It was a huge move that is likely to shake up just about everything in regards to young players and going to college.
“It will target recent or would-be high school graduates who otherwise would have likely spent just one season playing college basketball, enticing them not only with a six-figure salary but also the opportunity to benefit from NBA infrastructure, as well as a bevy of off-court development programs “geared towards facilitating and accelerating their transition to the pro game,” Turner said.
Without the restrictions of the NCAA’s amateurism rules, players will also be free to hire agents, profit off their likeness and pursue marketing deals from sneaker companies and the like, which could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in endorsement opportunities to top prospects.”
The news also got around to the WNBA community who couldn’t believe there was yet another league that was making more money than they do.
Many people took to social media to point out they teenagers coming out of high school are getting offered higher salaries than the max salary in the WNBA which is $110k.
G-League “professional path” contract: $125,000
WNBA max salary: $110,000
Some 18-year-old kid will make more than WNBA MVP and WNBA Finals MVP Breanna Stewart
— Master (@MasterTes) October 18, 2018
Hahahahahahahahhahahahahaha let me get one of these “select contracts” https://t.co/80zcLpdGOL
— A'ja Wilson (@_ajawilson22) October 18, 2018
But lowkey the real question here is: with this being more than the WNBA max salary, would women be allowed to hoop in the GLeague? because I think some of us could hang. Asking for a friend. 💯✊🏿 😂 https://t.co/tTLYEg7UzL
— Chiney Ogwumike (@Chiney321) October 18, 2018
That's $10k more than Diana Taurasi made in the WNBA last year. https://t.co/YCsGsA69lr
— Katie Barnes (@katie_barnes3) October 18, 2018
The G-League will offer high school kids more than the most elite players in the WNBA currently make.
There is no revenue argument that can be made here, no one watches the G-League. https://t.co/madRNB0M22
— Madison Hartman (@madhartman) October 18, 2018
1. Great for college players who can buck the ncaa system and make some money
2. WNBA players don’t make this much back, even the elite ones. They have every right to be pissed. https://t.co/iN2VM4t9bt
— Lyndsey D'Arcangelo (@darcangel21) October 18, 2018
Also, I guarantee you WNBA players are paying attention to this number — which is bigger than the WNBA max. https://t.co/sApCAx0E2K
— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) October 18, 2018