Saudi Arabia could be seen tapping into the NBA. It’ just a matter of when and who.
In the past year, Saudi Arabia has made offers to football players to join their local teams. Several have been approached including Cristiano Ronaldo (USD $220.16 million for two and a half years), Lionel Messi (USD $1.6 billion over three years), Karim Benzema (USD $643 million for two years) and most recently, Paris Saint-Germain’s player Kylian Mbappé who was offered a world-record transfer bid of USD $332 million.
After the refusal to speak to Saudi Arabia regarding the generous offer, NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo took to Twitter to tell the football club, “Al-Hilal, you can take me”.
Not long after after LeBron James and Draymond Green also displayed their interests.
“They got basketball leagues too right? I don’t [think] the ink on my contract has dried up yet,” Green tweeted.
To answer Green’s question, Saudi Arabia does, in fact, have its own league – the Saudi Basketball League and they could start reaching out to NBA players if they wanted to. The 12 member organization has recently been backed by the country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) which is reportedly valued at USD $640 million.
The PIF is the same team behind the recent investments made on athletes and events including football with Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Al-Hilal, golf where the Saudi-backed LIV Tour has merged with the PGA and events such as Jake Paul taking on Tommy Fury.
We wouldn’t be too surprised if Saudi Arabia starts reaching out to NBA players as the sport continues to grow within the region.
For more in sports, Mark Zuckerberg vs. Elon Musk Fight doesn’t appear to be happening.
Source: Read Full Article