Mookie Betts signed one of the richest contracts in Major League Baseball history when he put pen to paper on a 12-year, $365 million extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020. It appears he plans to use some of that dough in an effort to help fellow L.A. star LeBron James land a WNBA franchise.
James tweeted early Wednesday morning that he's thinking about putting an ownership group together for the WNBA's Atlanta Dream. Betts was quick to reply, offering to team up with the Lakers star in a bid to land the franchise.
James and Betts' tweets come after the Dream made their displeasure with the team's owner public. Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler, a Republican who recently lost her United States Senate seat in Georgia, has been feuding with the players over social activism issues.
Reports indicate that the value of the WNBA franchise is around $13.7 million. James will make around $40 million during the 2020-21 season, while Betts will make around $22.5 million, per Spotrac. That's more than enough money to make a run at purchasing the Dream.
While Betts is widely known for his skills on the baseball field, he also has shown flashes of greatness on the basketball court and is a huge fan of the sport. Quite frankly, it's no surprise he wants to invest in a WNBA franchise, especially considering he has a young daughter who could end up being a superstar in women's sports.