Congratulations to the Croatian media, you had your 15 minutes of fun! Shortly after news broke about Bogut going to Cibona if there is a lockout he wrote the following on twitter:
At least we know that Europe isn’t out of the question for Bogut if there is a lockout, lets hope he can get that elbow right for whenever that next season is going to be.
More rumors are arising about NBA players going to play in Europe if a lockout comes into effect. Reported by the Croatian website Vecernji.hr the general manager of Croatian basketball club Cibona announced that Andrew Bogut will play for them if there is a lockout. The report states that Bogut will essentially play for free, only asking the club to pay for his insurance. It also mentioned that he will not be the only NBA player to make the move to Cibona, saying that they expect one or two players to add to their roster.
Obviously once the lockout is lifted Bogut and his fellow players will be able to return to the NBA and resume the season with their respective clubs. Vecernji.hr raised solid arguments defending player’s decisions to come to Europe during the lockout, players will be playing at a high level and a competitive league, they will be staying in shape while waiting for the lockout to be lifted and citing the previous lockout where Vlade Divac went to play for his former club Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) in Serbia for two games before returning to the NBA.
HoopsWeblog.com will dedicate a page to NBA players wanting to play in Europe during the lockout. Follow HoopsWeblog.com on twitter or subscribe to see who else will be making travel plans for next season.
A lockout is looming for the NBA and a resolve for a new collective bargaining agreement doesn’t look like its close. This morning a formal proposal was made by the owners, however the new offer of ten years was only slightly different from the existing one they made. Union president, Derek Fisher said, “Unfortunately, the proposal is very similar to the proposal the league submitted over a year ago. This last proposal doesn’t look close to what we were expecting.”
It would be a real shame for a lockout to occur, the playoffs are receiving ratings that are at an all time high and the uncertainty of superstars’ playing future at their respective teams is also something to look forward to, hint: Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. But if a lockout does happen, what will the players do?
One option is to stick around and hope that labor negotiations will end or another option would be to take their talents overseas, Europe to be exact. As it is the place with the highest paying leagues outside the NBA and the United States, Deron Williams has come out to say that this is an option for him if there is a lockout. “I’m already looking into playing overseas,” said Williams. “I haven’t looked anywhere in general; I’m just looking into the possibility of playing over there. But I’m not going to make a decision until after the CBA.”
If a player of Williams’ standard is already thinking about going elsewhere to play then it must be on the minds of many others. The billionaire owners of those European clubs will be praying for a lockout so they can have the possibility of landing a star like D-Will.
In all likelihood players from the NBA will end up in the Spain, Greece, Italy or Russia because the clubs in those countries have the resources to offer multimillion dollar contracts. However it is all pending on the current labor negotiations.
Who knows we could see Ricky Rubio playing alongside NBA talent very soon and it won’t be in the NBA.
Until next time..
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