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FIBA, the NBA and the looming lockout

Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:18 pm

Posted by Royce Young

As the days of a potential lockout near, the more we hear of players trying to come up with a backup basketball plan. Most of that involves Europe.

Dirk Nowitzki, Andrei Kirilenko, Brandon Jennings and even Kobe Bryant has floated the idea of taking their talents overseas if a lockout carries over into the NBA regular season.

The hangup there is their current contract situations. For instance, Kobe is signed by the Lakers through 2014. If he were to play in Europe, he'd have to sign a new contract with a new team, which you know, can't happen because he's already under contract in Los Angeles. Unless it's bought out. Or if the team just says it's totally cool, which most won't because it's a major risk with injuries and such.

But that's not even the main hurdle to get over. Before anything, FIBA has to allow it.

However, a player can move to a foreign tem is he's cleared by FIBA and the issue is whether or not FIBA would allow players who are under contract in the NBA to come over because of a lockout. reports that the NBA Player's Association thinks players will indeed get clearance from FIBA. "NBA teams ultimately will not be able to legally enforce contracts during an NBA shutdown, whether it's short or long."

Also in that report is that the NBPA is advising players that it's a major risk if they go to Europe (or anywhere overseas) because they could be forfeiting their NBA contract if they get injured there. So if Dirk goes to Germany and tears both ACLs, he probably won't have his Mavericks contract anymore. That's a pretty huge risk to take and one I doubt players are really that interested in.

But the threat is there and it sends a pretty good message to the league that the players are looking at their options. They don't intend to twiddle their thumbs waiting for negotiations to get hashed out. If they have to look elsewhere, they will.

And by the sound of it, they'll at least have the option.


Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2011 8:56 pm

FIBA, the NBA and the looming lockout

I think its great that the players have this option, it will not work for all players but could be a great thing for some of the younger player  and vetren player whose contract are up .

Since: Feb 12, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2011 7:24 pm

FIBA, the NBA and the looming lockout

Guess we'll have to see what happens!

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2011 3:34 pm

FIBA, the NBA and the looming lockout

My goodness, Royce Young, please write well! I couldn't comprehend your foreign tem... statement.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2011 3:12 pm

FIBA, the NBA and the looming lockout

This has nothing to do with the owners. This is strictly about the International governing board of Basketball FIBA. The owners have no say in whether the players go overseas or not. Only the players themselves and FIBA can make that call. What this article is indicating is that if and when the CBA is re-written, any players that have gone overseas and been injured will have whatever is left of their contracts in the NBA voided.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2011 3:07 pm

FIBA, the NBA and the looming lockout

" foreign tem is he's cleared by FIBA " LEARN HOW TO SPELL

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2011 3:01 pm

FIBA, the NBA and the looming lockout

This doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Yes, the players have a contact that the owners don't want to pay, written under a CBA that the owners want to blow up. Pick a side, fellas. They're going to lock players out (thus not paying them or honoring their contract), but they won't let them go because they're under contract?

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