Michael Jordan Almost Signed With Estudiantes Madrid During The 1998-1999 NBA Lockout

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Michael Jordan Almost Signed With Estudiantes Madrid During The 1998-1999 NBA Lockout

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During his honored career, Michael Jordan starred in curious moments. His Airness was the most famous athlete in the world during his best days, drawing a lot of attention wherever he went. 

MJ was a coveted asset outside the NBA, and there was a time where he was closed to joining a Spanish club to continue his career. After he finished his tenure with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan received one offer from Spain to play four months in Madrid, living a very comfortable life in the European country.

Via Basket News:

After The Last Dance of his glorious career with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan was invited for one more bolero. During the NBA lockout in 1998-99, Adecco Estudiantes Madrid tried to persuade Michael Jordan to come to play in Spain.

According to "Gigantes", Estudiantes were ready to offer "His Airness" a €12M contract for the remaining four months of the ACB season. There was an interesting bonus option included – private golf lessons with Severiano Ballesteros, a legendary Spanish golfer. Basically, MJ was supposed to play golf from Monday to Friday and then some basketball on weekends.

The Adecco Group, which is the world‘s second-largest Human Resources provider and temporary staffing firm, approved this €12M investment at its headquarters in San Francisco.

As "Gigantes" reported, Jordan‘s agents were already valuing the offer and both parties were close to signing a deal. But the lockout ended before Estudiantes dream could become true. Jordan retired for the second time on January 13, 1999. A year later MJ made the NBA comeback as a part-owner and president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards. 

Credit: GIGANTES

Credit: GIGANTES

As we all know now, MJ retired after the 1998 championship. He would return to the court at the beginning of the 2000s to play for the Washington Wizards. He remained in the league for two more seasons before his third and final retirement. 

If watching Jordan on the Wizards was weird, imagine how bizarre it would've been seeing him playing in Spain. Well, Estudiantes were ready to risk it all and bring the GOAT on board at the end of the 90s, but things fell apart for them. 

Had they signed His Airness, they would have become legends in the world of basketball.