NBA Rumors: Other NBA Superstars Set to Follow Deron Williams Overseas?
Deron Williams is taking his talents to Turkey during the lockout. He's going to be making somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000 a month playing abroad and he may not be the last superstar to go overseas.
The players hold a large portion of the power in the NBA lockout. The NBA's popularity is predicated off of big name superstars. Unlike the NFL, NBA players aren't restricted to playing in America if they want to earn a boatload of cash.
If players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwight Howard went overseas, they would stand to make even more money. The NBA can take away players' chances to build an NBA legacy, but they don't have their players in a capital choke hold.
The move by Williams may not just affect the NBA players, it could also lead to more college players venturing overseas.
Seeing that sort of pay come from a European team may entice them enough to bypass making zilch by playing college basketball.
This sort of outward expansion is terrible for the NBA. Once players see playing overseas as a legitimate option, it limits forces the NBA to compete with the foreign market.
The NBA currently features the best stars in the game. It's currently the standard in the world of basketball, but that fails to hold true in the future, it's going to be difficult for the league to lobby with its players.
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