Following Kevin Durant’s Lead: NBA Rookie Jalen Green Inks Deal with Coinbase

Houston Rockets rookie sensation Jalen Green is Coinbase’s newest athlete partner, following Kevin Durant, who partnered with the crypto giant last December.

Green inked the deal on Feb. 14.

Coinbase, perhaps the best known crypto exchange where you can buy and sell bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, operates a cryptocurrency exchange platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing cryptocurrency, and it is moving into NFTs.

“I’m excited to expand into the crypto and Web3.0 world… and looking forward to my partnership with Coinbase and the opportunity to have a new way to connect with my fans, create and express myself,” Jalen Green told the Boardroom. Also known as the decentralized web, Web 3.0 is considered the third version of the Internet.

Green will help educate his fans and others about how they can use alternative currency such as crypto as a way to build wealth, Boardroom reported. He’ll also collaborate with Coinbase on an exclusive line of NFTs.

On that end, artist Angel Wang created a custom space-inspired piece of artwork for the Green NFT. 

NBA Twitter is not always kind, but it is, without fail, hilarious. Unfortunately for Jalen Green, he found himself in the middle of the social media crosshairs Saturday night when he missed dunk after dunk at All-Star Weekend in Cleveland.

On Feb. 19, he dropped the ball at the recent NBA Slam Dunk Contest. It took Green so long to make his first dunk that Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar decided to call it a night in the middle of Green’s attempts, The Houston Chronicle reported.

Some called Green out for not concentrating on the dunk contest; instead, he was sending out tweets to promote an NFT before his dunk fail. Someone else tweeted that maybe the NFT stands for “Nine F–king Times.”  

The Green-Coinbase deal comes as the digital currency market has lost over $1 trillion in value since hitting an all-time high of over $3 trillion in November, according to data firm CoinGecko.

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