Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Not quite a mass migration, but NBA players are slowly trickling overseas

Kobe Bryant hasn't put pen to paper. Dwyane Wade is nowhere to be found. Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh are appearing on 'Law and Order,' and Kevin Love has taken up pro volleyball. There was a lot of bluster earlier this month and last as to whether or not NBA stars would take up residence overseas during the lockout, and with the NBA's stalemate failing to inch closer to a resolution, we're still not seeing many NBA players of note jump into action overseas.

By far, the biggest name (as reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski) to make the jump is former Golden State Warriors scoring forward Reggie Williams, and his name was met with a resounding "who?" when I ranked him 30th amongst NBA small forwards this time last year. Williams will playing in the Spanish League this year, with a pretty hefty buyout clause (he'd have to go halfsies with an NBA team on a million dollar buyout) likely making it so he'll stay overseas even if the NBA plays a full season this year.

Woj is also reporting that 2010 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Duke product, and Detroit Pistons second round pick Kyle Singler will also play in the Spanish League. Singler isn't the highest choice from last June's to make the leap, as former USC forward and Philadelphia 76ers 16th overall selection Nikola Vucevic will be going back home to play for a team in his native Montenegro during the lockout.

Early Tuesday morning, ESPN.com's Marc Stein relayed that Cavaliers forward Omri Casspi could jet off to work with Tony Parker's team in France. It should be noted that Parker doesn't have any current designs on playing for that team, but should this lockout keep rolling along (and especially if the athletic Casspi hops on board), Parker could suit up for his squad.

Rasual Butler? He's heading to Spain, with no apparent opt-out clause according to CSN Chicago. Hawks second-rounder Keith Benson? Spain. Pooh Jeter? According to Wendell Maxey, potentially Spain.

And that about rounds it up. Hardly the tidal wave agents would have us expect, though I do submit that we're just entering late August and that late September could see another wave of guys you've never seen play signing with international squads.

UPDATE: 80 seconds more surfing revealed this post written by Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside that details several of the players I mentioned above, and a few stray ends beyond that. Give it a read.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Not-quite-a-mass-migration-but-NBA-players-are-?urn=nba-wp7717

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