New Orleans Pelicans forward Shari “Bubba” Hader is headed to the United Arab Emirates to make the trip for a one-time fee of $10 to book a hotel room, a source close to the Pelicans told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The source said Hader, the team’s third-round draft pick in 2018, will arrive in Dubai on Saturday and will be able to book an “official” hotel room for $1,250.
The NBA’s minimum salary for a single night is $20,000, so Hader will earn $10.75 per night, the source said.
The Pelicans are currently out of playoff position, but they are riding a five-game winning streak and their defense has been solid.
The team also won its last two games against Utah, Brooklyn and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The New Orleans Jazz are not expected to be the first team to book the $10-per-night room, which is one of the highest rates in the NBA.
However, the Pelicans are the only team not in the playoffs, so they are expected to book rooms for the rest of the season, said a source familiar with the situation.
The league will announce its official minimum salary on Thursday, but the league has not yet released a total.
Pelicans president of basketball operations Nate McMillan is expected to announce a new contract for Hader after the team wins at least two more games.
Hader was a second-round pick in the 2018 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets.
He was the Pelicans’ No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft.