Report: NBA G League Teams Told to Improve Conditions, Per Diem for Players

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2020

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The NBA G League has reportedly informed teams it must book separate hotel rooms for each player and increase per diem payments by $15 for the 2020-21 season.

Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic reported the update Friday.

The G League is set to become a more common route for top NBA prospects after the creation of a new pathway program that's an alternative to college basketball.

In April, ESPN's Jonathan Givony and Adrian Wojnarowski reported the initiative includes a $500,000 salary for elite prospects to take part in the one-year development program, which already received a commitment from guard Jalen Green, the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting class.

Players previously often had to consider overseas options if they wanted to turn professional during the year between leaving high school and being eligible to enter the NBA draft.

The prospects are expected to compete in 10-12 games against G League opponents, but the "primary objective will be assimilation and growth into the NBA on several levels—from playing to the teaching of life skills," according to the ESPN report.

It's going to increase the league's reach and in turn there's pressure on teams to improve conditions.

Although the per diem figures aren't publicly available, Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated it was $50 per day while on the road as of December 2017.

Players also had to share hotel rooms for away games, per Charania.

The G League will feature 29 teams starting next season with the addition of the Capitanes de Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City.