VCU Finance 2008
- Apr 19, 2009
I think it helps mitigate that somewhat. If you are talking about a future NBA player then we are not going to be able to get them money anywhere close to that, but maybe some could make something comporable to what they would end up with overseas for a season. It is definitely different and we haven't seen how this will play out nationally much less with the limited sample of our own guys. I don't know many details about Ward's situation last season and don't need to, but I feel like it could have been short-sighted sacrificing potential future earnings for money right now. That could have been bad advice or it could have just been a situation where he needed the money right now and would have to deal with the rest later. Different guys are in different positions financially. Coach Smart mentioned back in the day that Troy Daniels was able to hang around the G League for a little while making far less money than he could overseas because his family was doing alright financially and he didn't have to worry about helping them out. Right before he was getting ready to throw in the towel and head overseas to play for 400K a season he started getting those 10-day NBA contracts which eventually led to a 3-year $10 million deal. If he would have gotten hurt in the G League and it was career ending then he never makes more than 30 grand a year playing basketball. It can be a mistake to wait or it can be a mistake to jump at the first thing that comes along. You never really know how it's going to play out. Just have to hope that you are getting the best advice and make the best decision you can.You make a good point. Our players have to consider if they return they run the risk of a devastating injury before they’ve had a chance to earn a nickel playing professionally. Not sure how NIL affects their calculation. They are having to navigate a very different landscape than their predecessors due to NIL.