Marc Stein: The Bucks’ Khris Middleton will soon be named as a @BrisbaneBullets minority owner in the @NBL , sources say, to become the latest NBA star to move into the ownership ranks in Australia. Middleton joins a group led by longtime NBA guard Kevin Martin, Brisbane’s majority owner.
Marc Stein: Middleton, twice an NBA All-Star, is this season’s second active player to join Brisbane ownership along with Chicago’s Thaddeus Young. They are the latest entrants among current and former NBA pros to become majority or part-owners with teams in Australia’s national league.
Emiliano Carchia: Levi Randolph signed with the New Zealand Breakers in the Australia NBL League for the rest of this season, sources tell @Emiliano Carchia. The player has an NBA out clause in his contract.
Thad Young always has been as serious about business as he is basketball. The Bulls’ veteran forward is about to merge the two, confirming a tweet from the New York Times’ Marc Stein that he’s poised to acquire a minority ownership in the Brisbane Bullets of Australia’s National Basketball League. “I expect it to be finalized in the next week or so,” Young said Friday on a Zoom call. “Definitely happy about being a part of the NBL and the Brisbane family. I think it’s definitely going to be something that’s really good in the coming years.”
Young has overseen an AAU program based in Memphis, Tenn., that has created a national profile and won the 2019 UAA Finals. A Georgia Tech graduate, he also created a private investment fund and has ventured into real estate and sports training ventures. “It’s fresh,” Young said of the NBL. “You get in on the early side and help it grow over the course of time so you can obviously see multiples in your capital. But you’re also part of something you can help grow.”
Inside Maryland Sports: Do you think Melo Trimble deserves a shot in the NBA next season? The former Terps star averaged 21 points, 4.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game during two seasons in Australia’s highly respected NBL. Jeff Ermann: I’ve heard there’s serious NBA interest in him.