Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A List of the Wave of NBA Players Heading Overseas


The NBA lockout still appears to have absolutely no end in sight, and every day more and more are fleeing the NBA ranks to head overseas. No superstar has fully committed to moving elsewhere, but plenty of buzz has surrounded the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Dwight Howard. Here is a list of some of the prominent names that have already declared to play elsewhere for at least part of the upcoming season:

Leandro Barbosa (Toronto Raptors) - Flamengo (Brazil), one year deal w/opt out
Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers) - SLUC Nancy (France), one year deal w/opt out
DeJuan Blair (San Antonio Spurs) - Krasnye Krylya (Russia), one year deal w/opt out
Wilson Chandler (Denver Nuggets) - Zhejiang Guangsha (China), one year deal w/no opt out
Jordan Farmar (New Jersey Nets) - Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel), one year deal w/opt out
Rudy Fernandez (Dallas Mavericks) - Real Madrid (Spain), one year deal w/opt out
Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets) - Olimpia Milano (Italy), one year deal w/opt out
Acie Law (Golden State Warriors) - Partizan Belgrade (Serbia), one year deal w/no opt out
Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets) - Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania), one year deal w/opt out
J.R. Smith (Denver Nuggets) - Shanxi (China), one year deal w/no opt out
Sasha Vujacic (New Jersey Nets) - Anadolu Efes (Turkey), one year deal w/no opt out
Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets) - Besiktas (Turkey), one year deal w/opt out

If the lockout does not extend for an entire season, the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets could be in a world of hurt with all of their players locked into contracts with no opt out. Word also came out today that Virtus Bologna of Italy has extended an offer to Kobe Bryant that would pay him $600k per game.

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