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Report: Jalen Green jumping from high school to NBA’s minor league

Jalen Green

SPRINGFIELD, MA - JANUARY 19: Prolific Prep Crews guard Jalen Green (4) is pictured during the first half of the Spalding Hoophall Classic high school basketball game between the Prolific Prep Crew and La Lumiere Lakers on January 19, 2020 at Blake Arena in Springfield, MA (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The NBA still bans players jumping from straight from high school to the NBA.

The NBA’s minor league does not. In fact, the minor league is offering a $125,000 salary specifically to entice top high school recruits.

Nobody took the deal last season, the first year it was offered. Kevin Durant and Emmanuel Mudiay said they wouldn’t have gone that route if it were available. Top American players who wanted to turn pro – LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton – instead went to Australia’s National Basketball League, which also has a special program to lure graduating high schoolers.

So, Jalen Green will be a trendsetter.

Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

This is risky.

Green will get more money than he would playing college basketball. Probably. At minimum, this is over the table.

He’ll also get professional experience. College basketball grooms players for the NBA. This program is designed to groom players for the NBA.

But that cuts both ways. Green will face far better competition against older and better minor-league players.

He’ll also get far less exposure in a little-watched league. College basketball draws major viewers and would’ve given Green more ability to build his brand. On the other hand, he can cash in sooner, signing endorsement deals now.

Will this be good for Green overall? Tough to say. There’s no precedent. Presumably, he weighed all the pros and cons and made the best decision for him. Hopefully, he made the right call.