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New Vegas team could be the future of basketball


The push to get professional sports in Las Vegas just won’t die. This newest hoops venture, however, is a bit different.

CollegeBasketballTalk reported Monday that there is a plan to add a pro team as a one-and-done option for All-American high school basketball talent as an alternative to going to playing a year in college before entering the NBA Draft.

Could this be the start of a new trend among emerging hoops hopefuls?

LV Basketball Enterprises made the announcement last week that the team, the Las Vegas Dealers, will have its inaugural season in 2015-2016 comprising of a 50 game schedule with European clubs. The salary “would be $700,000 for McDonald’s All-Americans, $400,000 for underclassmen with eligibility remaining and $100,000 for any free agent,” CBT reported.

A developemental pro team? Doesn’t sound half bad, particularly if that frees up scholarship opportunities at schools for other student athletes, instead of these athletes only using it for a semester.

Owner Cerruti Brown says on the Dealers’ official website:

“College is not for every young man that is trying to use basketball to provide a better situation for their families. Our innovative model targets the McDonald’s All-Americans who are projected first round prospects by NBA scouts and general managers. This concept allows for the highly touted player to bypass college and immediately become a paid professional… The Dealers niche will be based on giving basketball players a different option than what is presently offered in America. Before this, underclassmen had to either play college ball or go overseas. Venturing to Europe will not be a necessity when a U.S. based organization will play top European teams.”

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to Bryndon Coughlin, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent


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