News that agents take advantage of teenagers such as Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat, could advance the use of the G-League to develop under 19-old NBA hopefuls.
Heat rookie center Bam Adebayo linked to $36,500 agency loan before college. https://t.co/vzQMXYFrqo— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 23, 2018
Heat rookie center Bam Adebayo linked to $36,500 agency loan before college.
These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports.
Luka Dončić signed his first professional contract with Real Madrid as a 13-year-old, then debuted with the parent club at the age of 16.
In September 2012, at 13 years of age, he signed a 5-year contract with Real Madrid.
On April 30, 2015, Dončić became the youngest player to debut with Real Madrid in the Liga ACB (the top-tier Spanish League), at the age of 16 years, 2 months, and 2 days.
If 16-year athletes can join overseas professional teams, and 18 year-olds be on college teams in the United States, how should the NBA address the issue of a few agents and colleges not managing their businesses in an ethical manner?
In Europe, Real Madrid has a junior team, an under-16 team, an under-18 team, so their prospects can forge paths as professional soccer players on their varsity club.
An added advantage for that approach is that both clubs and players can get a better take on the chances of making a living in pro sports.
The current $25,000 salary for G-League players dissuades any talented youth to sign up once they are eligible.
The latest news may cause something to be done to address the problem what to do with players who must wait before being eligible for the large NBA contracts.