Ice Cube’s ‘Big3’ Offers Caitlin Clark $5 Million Contract

Ice Cube’s ‘Big3’ Offers Caitlin Clark $5 Million Contract
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In a move that’s setting the basketball world abuzz, NCAA star Caitlin Clark could be on the verge of making sports history with a whopping $5 million offer from Ice Cube’s BIG3 league. This isn’t just a dribble in the park; it’s a full-court press into uncharted territory, with the potential to see Clark become the first-ever woman to bag such a hefty sum for her hoops prowess.

Here’s the scoop: The BIG3 league, known for its innovative 3-on-3 basketball format and celebrity involvement, has thrown down the gauntlet with an offer that’s hard to ignore. They’re proposing a cool $5 million for Clark to play just 8 regular season games and possibly 2 playoff games. To put that in perspective, that’s like getting paid a million bucks to shoot hoops five times – talk about a slam dunk!

But wait, there’s more! The deal also includes “substantial additional compensation” from merchandising and sponsorships. And here’s the kicker: the BIG3 is so player-friendly that they’re even allowing Clark to double-dip by playing in the WNBA simultaneously. That’s right, she could potentially light up the court in both leagues without breaking a sweat (well, metaphorically speaking).


For context, let’s compare the numbers. The highest-paid player in the WNBA last year took home $242,000. Clark’s BIG3 deal? It’s like the WNBA salary cap decided to hit the gym and bulk up big time. And with only a couple of regular season games possibly overlapping between the BIG3 and the WNBA, it seems like a win-win-win for everyone involved – except maybe the accountants who have to keep track of all those zeros.

Caitlin Clark isn’t just any player; she’s a basketball phenomenon who recently became the all-time scoring leader in NCAA history, surpassing the legendary “Pistol” Pete Maravich. With credentials like that, it’s no wonder the BIG3 is pulling out all the stops to draft her into their league.

Now, there’s a bit of drama off the court, too. The BIG3 and the NBA (which operates the WNBA) have had their share of beef, and there’s an ongoing antitrust investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. Could this affect Clark’s potential dual-league play? Only time will tell, but it’s clear that the BIG3 is playing to win, not just on the court but in the court of public opinion.

As for Caitlin Clark’s camp, they’re keeping their cards close to their chest. Will she take the shot and join the BIG3, making history and breaking records (and possibly bank accounts) along the way? Or will she stick to the more traditional path in the WNBA? Basketball fans, grab your popcorn (and maybe a calculator), because this game is about to get interesting.