Report: OK State Commit Cade Cunningham Rejected 'Lucrative' G League Contract

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 5, 2020

Montverde Academy's Cade Cunningham #1 shoots a free throw against IMG Academy during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic, Sunday, January 19, 2020, in Springfield, MA. Montverde won the game. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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Cade Cunningham, a top 2020 basketball recruit who has committed to Oklahoma State, reportedly previously turned down an offer from the NBA G League.

Per Jeff Goodman of Stadium, the "lucrative" offer Cunningham rejected to join the G League Select Team was believed to be in the same range of what fellow star 2020 prospect Jalen Green received.

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions announced Friday that Oklahoma State's men's basketball program has received a one-year postseason ban because former associate head coach Lamont Evans "violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he accepted between $18,150 and $22,000 in bribes from two financial advisors to influence student-athletes."

According to Goodman, Cunningham "had no real interest" in the G League's offer when he first received it. Given the sanctions against Oklahoma State, though, Goodman noted that "it will be interesting to see if he has interest and if they increase the offer."

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton addressed Cunningham's status with reporters Friday afternoon: "Whatever the best option is for him, we're going to support 100 percent without any reservations."

The G League set up the Select Team in April when Green chose to bypass college and enter the pathway program that will allow him to work with professional coaches before becoming eligible for the 2021 NBA draft.

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Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Givony, Green will receive at least $500,000 next year from the G League program.

Top prospects who'll join him on the Select Team include Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix and Kai Sotto.

Cunningham is the top-ranked recruit in the 2020 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings. He signed a letter of intent with Oklahoma State last November.

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