Earlier this month
Next Star age query
Currently the draft minimum age is 19 in a calendar year and so we have seen the likes of Ball and Giddey both drafted the year of 19th birthday.
My query is if next star contracts are for up to 2 years can a team sign 2004 born players as next stars ( for 2 years ) with a view to 2023 draft... e.g. Tyrese Proctor.
I did see Emoni Bates linked at one stage to NBL . He is 2004 born.
The NBL itself doesn't seem to have a minimum age with a handful of 17yo players playing as DP in recent years.
In summary can a team sign a 2004 next star for 2021/22 as a 2 year deal.