Outspoken Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a message for 18-year-olds eager to make the leap from highschool straight to the NBA: Be cautious.
In an interview with the Dallas News revealed Friday, Cuban talked about he was “fine” with the NBA’s dedication to open formal discussions with the league’s participant’s affiliation about lowering the NBA’s minimal age requirement from 19 to 18. But sooner than highschool players leap on the likelihood to declare for the NBA, they need to discover the ramifications of going, in his phrases, “none-and-done.”
On Thursday, USA Today reported the NBA has submitted a correct proposal to the National Basketball Players Association to lower the draft-eligible age from 19 to 18. The players will begin dialogue of the proposal Monday, USA Today reported.
At question, Cuban says, won’t be their basketball means, nonetheless their life experience. He has seen it with one-and-done players.
“Got here, didn’t know how to write a check, didn’t know how to sign a lease,” Cuban instructed The News. “Just wished somebody primarily to preserve their hand, and it made points powerful for them.
“It’s onerous to focus in your occupation when you do not even know the way to deal with the on a regular basis expertise which might be required for all times.”
Under the current setup, most standout highschool players are enrolling in college for one yr and turning 19 sooner than declaring for the NBA. The one yr in college can perform a transition for these players.
Cuban’s suggestion for 18-year-olds if the NBA modifications its tips: Make the transition elsewhere.
“Go to the G League or Europe,” he talked about.
The G League is the NBA’s minor league and counts amongst its alumni Khris Middleton, Terry Rozier and Rudy Gobert.
The hurt to Duke star freshman Zion Williamson this week in a sport in direction of North Carolina launched the question of players spending one yr in college sooner than turning skilled into sharper focus.
“If you need the worldwide journey and the publicity to a special kind of basketball and completely different ability units, go to Europe,” Cuban stated. “If that is not your factor and you are not in-tuned to it for no matter cause, and you have got a giant social media following like Zion Williamson? Go G League.”
The base wage throughout the G League is $7,000 a month. The G League is a five-month season.
Cuban recognized that deciding on the G League over college moreover allowed players to begin incomes money by the use of ancillary avenues.
“You could also be higher off controlling your personal future and making the most of probably the most cash as a result of within the G League you are not topic to the NBA’s collective bargaining settlement,” he advised The News. “You get to management your appearances and your endorsements and do no matter you rattling nicely please within the brief time period. You can go signal no matter contract you need.”