Two years ago
NBL "Next Stars" initiative; draft prospect as fourth import
From a Fox article:
The 'Next Stars' initiative was announced by the NBL on Friday, and will see NBA Draft eligible athletes — hand-picked by an NBL-selected panel of ‘experts’ — contracted by the league, before being entered into a pool, and allocated to teams. The allocation process is yet to be determined.http://www.espn.com.au/nba/story/_/id/22594625/how-australian-basketball-targeting-one-dones-nba-draft
Each NBL team will be given a fourth import spot, where they could insert the young player.
The players who are brought over will be paid $AUD100,000, which ends up as $US50,000 net, sources told foxsports.com.au. The teenagers will also be given an apartment, a car, flights, and individual development training, sources said.
Potential revenue opportunity for clubs should they groom the right talent