September 19, 2015
Those talented enough to make it to the NBA may think their money problems are gone. If nothing else, they might believe basic financial needs, such as rent, will easily be covered.
That's not the case for Brooklyn Nets rookie and Chester, Pennsylvania, native Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, the former University of Arizona standout said he had moved into a Northern New Jersey apartment with his friend and his brother Rahlir, who played at Temple University and professionally in Europe.
Hollis-Jefferson said that finding a reasonably priced place in the greater New York area was difficult, despite his $1.3 million salary:
“You can live in a nice, three-bedroom condo with all that in Dallas for like two thousand bucks,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “Three bedroom, three-bathroom in New York, you’re paying eight grand. It’s ridiculous.”
New Yorkers would probably agree. According to a March report, the average rent price for a three bedroom place in Brooklyn, where he plays, is $4,825. That's pretty steep considering most aren't on the payroll of a professional sports team.