After Emmanuel Mudiay signed his $1.2 million deal in China, there was worry it might become a trend. That worry was escalated when recruit Skal Labissiere said going overseas was an option for him. Rob Dauster took a stand against players going overseas for a year with an opinion piece on why the chances are slim for it to become a habit.
“There simply isn’t all that much of a market for these guys abroad, particularly in Europe. When we’re talking about guys who can go pro overseas and make seven-figures, we’re talking about the elite of the elite. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor, Mudiay. In a strong class, you’re looking at maybe five to seven guys who are worth consideration.”
He also makes a valid argument on how unfair it is the overseas teams are used and get nothing in return for accepting the players. A player fresh out of high school is not ready to contribute major minutes, they would just be overpowered by the good teams.
A smart European team could start to flip American players for profit, signing them to $200,000-$300,000 contracts with $600,000 buyouts, the max an NBA team is allowed to pay. In theory, that makes sense.In practice, it doesn’t.If we’re going to be honest here, we need to acknowledge that any incoming freshman talented enough to garner that kind of deal from a European team has the avenues to get paid just as much, if not more, while he’s in college, and I say that without a shred of sarcasm.
You can read the full article and his views on Labissiere going overseas to play here.