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Khris Middleton joins Thaddeus Young, John Wall as NBL minority owners

Khris Middleton, John Wall, NBL

Milwaukee Buck star Khris Middleton has decided to put in some of his money in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL). The 29-year-old joins the likes of John Wall and Thaddeus Young as the latest NBA players to have invested in a professional basketball team in Australia.

This report comes via Marc Stein of the New York Times:

Aside from being a two-time All-Star, Middleton will now add the title of NBL franchise part-owner to his resume. As Stein reports above, Middleton will join former NBA guard Kevin Martin, who himself is currently the majority stakeholder of the Brisbane Bullets.

Middleton is certainly not the first NBA personality to have invested in the NBL. Thaddeus Young of the Chicago Bulls will also be in the mix as he joins Middleton as a minority owner for the Bullets:

John Wall of the Houston Rockets, on the other hand, had already put in his investment in the NBL a few months prior:

As you may have determined, there are now more than a few big-name current and former NBA players who are fully invested in Australia’s professional basketball league. This speaks volumes of the NBL’s current and future potential. For fans of the NBL, this are truly exciting times, as the injection of fresh funds should translate to across-the-board improvements in and around the league.

It is also worth noting that Charlotte Hornets rookie sensation LaMelo Ball also tried investing in the NBL. The Rookie of the Year frontrunner attempted to buy his former team, the Illawara Hawks, only for the league to decide to sell it to another big name in basketball in Bryan Colangelo, the former Philadelphia 76ers general manager and team president.