Eighteen NBA stars — led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard — will be on a two-week exhibition tour of the world. It will start this Saturday in Puerto Rico, a stop that was in doubt 48 hours ago but now everything seems to be a go.
That is according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, who said the formal announcement will follow on Tuesday.
The tour will begin in Puerto Rico and is scheduled to continue to London, Macau and Melbourne, Australia. Organizers are considering adding a fifth city to the tour, sources said, and are doing some last-minute tinkering with the other stops and dates.
Players such as Dwyane Wade(notes), Kevin Garnett(notes), Carmelo Anthony(notes), Rajon Rondo(notes) and Kevin Love(notes)have been promised as participants to tour promoters.
There is supposed to be some kind of international television broadcast, for those that want to watch. What we will get in the United States — my guess is live streaming online — remains to be seen.
This is a chance for the players to make some money, rumored to be six figures at least for all the players and up to $1 million for a few elite.
This is not going to work as a “see, the players can make money without the NBA” bargaining tool because there are 430 NBA players not on this tour and not benefititng. Was there ever a doubt that the elite players in the league could make a few extra bucks?
But for the players involved it is a chance to expand their global brand, which does matter.