Originally Posted by statman32
he will only start receiving salary in accordance with the rookie salary scale WHEN he starts playing in the NBA already (which in his case is still a year or 2 from now )
Why do you ask???
I was just thinking of this scenario :
A good young European baller has the interest of 4 NBA teams who are selecting #18, #21 , #23, #24 in the first round in the draft.
He was selected #18 but the team wants him to play 1 year or 2 more in Europe to season/mature before coming in the NBA. Why would he agree to this unless the team agrees to pay him the same salary he would receive if he plays in the NBA immediately ? If he were chosen #20, 21 or 23 he would definetly been in the roster in the coming NBA season and start earing good money . Well he could ask for a trade but if the team does not want to (for whatever reasons ) what is he left to do ?
I dont know of US players (including fresh HS grads in the past ) selected in the first round who have agreed to this(would have sued or forced a trade ) while such has happened to foreign players already right ? Ex Kirilenko was selected # 24 in the first round by the Jazz in 1999 but only was put in the roster in 2001 . So for those 2 years he continured receving his measly salary in Russia when he could have started earning more right away ? Sure he was only 18 then ,but by 19 (year 2000 end 2000 season) his stats were already nice. Yet he had to wait 1 more year (another year of low income in Russia ) before getting to the NBA and earning well.