The majority of players in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League are G-League players, sophomores, and rookies. However, it is debatable whether or not the players are compensated.
To begin with, the NBA Summer League pays its players to compete. However, there are additional considerations.
They are competing to gain exposure to the NBA, which they desperately need. Then, because their teams handle it, they don't have to pay for travel or hotel expenses.
Even so, the majority of the players have agreements with their teams that allow them to play in their G-League team or on a two-way contract.
As a result, they are covered by both their current contracts and the collective bargaining agreement.
Additionally, each participant is paid a total of $1,500 for the 11-day tournament.