2 more rounds would be brilliant.
Wonder if they would allow drafting HS players with those 2 rounds and putting them in the DL...an option available right now
It is what many, myself included, said about the possibility of DLeague team in canada.
But then, as others pointed out, AHL and other minor leagues have mangled to operate in US and Canada.
It will be interesting what happens.
The four rounds idea would be awesome.
If they really want to make a to of it they should look at allowing those drafted players to have a DLeague salary comparable to foreign teams. As an example, didn't deandre Daniels make $150k in Australia? DLeague players are paid around $30k I believe.
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30K is a low end job... They should at least be paying them 50-60K. That's living comfortably so the player shouldn't have an issue with getting a D-League salary.
4 rounds of drafting would be heavenly.
http://espn.go.com/blog/marc-stein/p...ps-off-in-reno(D League)Salaries remain flat: $25,500, $19,000 and $13,000 for the league's three player classifications, which means D-League players are virtually playing for free -- and a modest per diem on the road of $40 compared to $120 in the NBA -- although they do receive housing and insurance benefits. The D-League also employs a per-team salary cap of $173,000
If they paid the guys 50K per year, a somewhat fair amount, even if there were 30 D-League teams (because eventually there will be) salaries for all the players would be 22.5M. If you had the NBA pay 7.5M per year, it would only cost each team 500K a year. Basically a min contract.
Really wouldn't give a hit to anyone, NBA can easily find 7.5M in its budget, 500K to any franchise is not gonna make a huge difference, but it makes the D-League so much more credible because players that are drafted by a team don't have to get stashed overseas and so that raises the overall talent level of the league. Also, I'm not sure why they don't have 30 teams yet because that allows every NBA fan to have a D-League team to be a fan of. Personally I find it hard to root for the Mad Ants when I know that the team is barely even affiliated with the Raptors.
Not to mention the D-League would be on the same skill level of some teams overseas so a "Supercup" of sorts could be played once a year by say the best 4 teams in the D-League and 4 of the top teams in Europe and help Silver globalize the game even more.
Endless potential in an affiliate league for the NBA and it's sad that it isn't as far along as it should be but I'm sure it'll get there eventually.
As far as paying DLeague players more, that will likely be a function of how popular the DLegaue becomes. Minor League hockey like AHL can pay more because people go to games and give a shit. That hasn't really been true of the DLegaue. I'd imagine if they go to 4 round drafts with rounds 3 and 4 being for DLeague, the guys drafted in rounds 3 and 4 could start at higher salaries than undrafted DLeague guys, and of course the guys drafted in rounds 1 and 2 who are assigned to DLegaue would be paid their NBA salary.
I think the way the NBA is developing its only a matter of time before all 30 teams have its own d-league team. I agree with Bonus, 25K min salary is pathetic...it should be 40-50k min to keep these guys out of poverty. It wouldn't even cost much...to elaborate on Bonus thoughts...if there were 30 teams (12man roster) in the D-league with each having its max 4 NBA contracted players then each D-League team would be responsible for the salaries of 8 players (min.$50K= $400K), the D-league as a whole would only have a floor of $12M commitment in salary across 30 teams!
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If they go to each team having their own affiliate why would the NBA pay for any of the salaries? Does the NHL or MLB pay for their un-signed minor league players?
the whole point of each team having its own affiliate would be so the NBA team could place and focus development on up to 4 players in its minor system right, those 4 players would have to be paid by the NBA
Last edited by RepTdot; Thu Jun 4th, 2015 at 11:27 AM.
On my phone so I'm way too lazy to multi quote.
Primer- good point about why every team doesn't have one yet. But about the popularity of the d-league I think it goes hand in hand with raising salaries. Raising salaries eliminates the need to stash guys which raises the talent level in the league. 30 teams would mean a lot more fans, not to mention rivalries would be made, etc. If the pay isn't raised, players will continue to be stashed overseas and the d-league will continue being filled with scrubs.
RepTDot- although it's very possible it is that cheap, you kind of have to find the max. So 15 player squads, no NBA contract guys, 30 teams, 50K would mean 22.5M.
Letter N- I just suggested that because the NBA profits from having a competent D-League. But even if they didn't, the 22.5M would only cost each team 750K.
RepTDot again- right now yeah it's pretty much just 4 since barely any drafted players agree to being paid 25K (Max) per year. If they were paying 50K a year you would be able to convince your second round picks to stay in the D-League and not give them an NBA contract, letting you develop much more than just 4 players.
The d-league will raise the floor of their minimum salaries when they can't get any talent because the pay is too low. Most of the guys in the d-league would be able to get better contracts in Europe or Asia but chose to play in the d-league for a variety of reasons. For the ones that couldn't get a contract in Europe or Asia it's because they aren't good enough which means they should probably consider a new career path.
Also, the problem with increasing the d-league to 30 teams is that you will dilute the talent pool. For those of you keen on raising the minimum pay it'll only act to keep it low.
Playing in the d-league isn't a career, it's a chance to develop and hopefully make it into the pros. There's a lot of people out there that would play for free if they thought they had a chance.
Until the 3rd and 4th becomes a reality:
The $25K max is why a guy like Daniels would probably still go to Australia even if we had our own affiliate. I don't think he'd want to play for our DLeague team for only $25K for the off chance of getting a 10 day contract. Teams should at least be able to pay their 2nd round picks more to play in the DLeague without having to use an NBA roster spot (the only way to pay a 2nd round pick more in the current setup).
D-League team to be announced monday!
Nice. Excited for it. Sauga too. Like I said in the other (one of the many others lol) thread this was posted in, I hope the beer is cheaper there.
If this report is true, Doug still has his reporting chops
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