Of course Michael Jordan has a private jet.
The greatest basketball player ever and majority owner of the Hornets, is far, far too important to fly among us commoners, even y’all big baller, shot callers, who travel first class. The man has places to be, people to see and billions of dollars in revenue to generate.
Jordan wasn’t just any basketball player (See his six championships and six Finals MVPs in six appearances). So, he can’t fly just any private jet. MJ recently got his Beyonce and Jay Z on and upgraded his PJ, wrapping his G550 in the elephant print design that has made many of his Air Jordan sneakers so popular.
Such an extension’s parameters weren’t exactly known yet due to differing reports on what exactly the salary cap will be, but it can be estimated that Cousins would have received something along the lines of $220 to $230 million over the next six years (the one year remaining on his deal, followed by the extension) had he signed the deal. It’s a lot of money for a player that has been a part of the issues in Sacramento due to his erratic behavior on the floor.
Overall, while the team’s reticence to tie up that much money in such a mercurial player make some sense, it’s hard to buy that this deal is going to turn into a better outcome than signing Cousins to that contract. There’s just not enough upside.
The clear idea here is to shift the culture of the organization. In terms of that, the team has done its job. Hield is one of the highest character prospects you’ll find around the league, a genuine force of nature that will not only lead by example in terms of hard work, but also be a terrific public face for the organization as an ambassador to the fans. It wasn’t exactly a secret around the league that the Kings coveted Hield in the 2016 NBA Draft. They think highly of him.