Nets’ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Had To Move To Jersey Because Rents Are Too Damned High In NYC
Well, we've come to the point that even NBA players can't afford to live in New York City. Now what? Rondae Hollis-Jefferson may have been happy when he was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Brooklyn Nets on draft night, but then it sank in that he'd actually have to live in New York.
He checked the rents. Holy shit.
Hollis-Jefferson, to the Wall Street Journal:
“You can live in a nice, three-bedroom condo with all that in Dallas [Texas] for like two thousand bucks … [But rent a] three-bedroom, three-bathroom in New York, you’re paying eight grand. It’s ridiculous.”
So he moved to New Jersey and is sharing an apartment with his brother and a friend.
And the traffic is bad "really, every day," he noted.
Hollis-Jefferson will make $1.33 million this season.
It's something that's not talked about a lot when it comes to NBA salaries, but making $1.33 million playing for the Nets is not like making that same amount playing for the Trail Blazers. One can live a lot better on that salary in Portland than in NYC, and dealing with the traffic on I-5 is imminently better than on the LIE.
One has to wonder if agents take this into account when negotiating salaries. One can live like a king on $1.8 mil in Indianapolis while playing for the Pacers, but it's a different story in, say, the San Francisco Bay Area, where housing is among the most expensive in the world.
Even the superheroes are moving out of New York. Other than Spider-Man, do you ever see a superhero movie set there?
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