The NBA players got a small victory recently when FIBA ruled that they will be able to play overseas during the NBA lockout. The owners surely would have loved for FIBA to rule against the players but the international body will allow the exodus.
However, there is a catch. If an NBA player gets hurt overseas, he could jeopardize his NBA contract. Since there is no insurance, the players really won’t have anything to fall back on. That fact will play a major factor when star players under long, guaranteed contracts decide whether to go play basketball overseas.
While a number of NBA players have already made the jump over the pond, expect even more to make the jump once the NBA lockout drags into the regular season and paychecks don’t arrive. Overseas teams will be waiting with open arms and open checkbooks.
Check out the NBA players who have already signed to go overseas.
Here are the NBA players who are thinking about going overseas.