Austin Grams: Hopefully NBA can improve D-League contracts, too much talent slipping to Europe, D-L needs more talent to be true AAA. / Steve Kyler: Asked about a dozen guys if D-League offered $80-$90K vs $120K in Europe, all said D-League – call-ups/close to home.
Steve Kyler: D-League salary has three levels – C-Level: $13,000; B-Level: $19,000; A-Level: $25,000 per season. Any NBA money paid is on top of that. The Orlando Magic paid Seth Curry and Payton Siva $200K each to play in the D-League last season. Amusingly – player who played in the D-League last season was fined $700 for wearing non-sanctioned equipment – almost a whole pay check. One of the biggest changes needed for the D-League to be truly viable is better player compensation — new TV deal should help that.
The NBA has increased the number of players that teams can cut from their training camp rosters and still hold onto their D-League rights, a league spokesman told SI.com. The change was initially installed prior to the 2014-15 season. NBA teams can now waive four training camp invitees (up from three) and make those individuals “affiliate players,” providing the player signs a D-League contract and the two sides agreed to a potential D-League assignment as part of their training camp contract.
NBA teams can invite as many as 20 players to training camp, but are allowed just 15 roster spots—only 13 can be active—during the the regular season. The new training camp increase now essentially guarantees 95% of all players invited to camp will have a roster spot within the NBA umbrella. The subtle change is the latest in the NBA’s commitment to emphasizing the importance of the D-League.