The NBA lockout is already showing its effects on the players. As first reported by HoopsWorld, Sonny Weems, formerly of the Toronto Raptors, is close to signing a contract to play in Europe for a year.
The contract does not have an NBA-out clause, which means that even if the NBA doesn’t miss games, he’s still going to be playing in Europe.
Weems averaged a career high in points in 2010-11, with 9.2 per game, and he played in 59 games.
Other players are also looking at overseas options; Jeff Adrien was waived by the Golden State Warriors and will probably be looking to play in Europe.
Atlanta Hawks free agent Hilton Armstrong has signed with French club ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne.
Brian Scalabrine of the Chicago Bulls told the Chicago Tribune that he has seven or eight offers overseas and will probably sign in Italy.
Houston Rockets draft pick Donatas Motiejunas has also stated that if the lockout cuts into the season, he will return to Italy and play for Benetton Treviso once again.
"I still have a contract with Benetton," Motiejunas tells the Houston Chronicle. "They told me if I want to leave in the middle of the season when the team that took me, Houston, wants me, they would let me go. That will be no problem."
If the lockout takes up a good portion of the NBA season, don’t be surprised to see Motiejunas stay in Italy for a full season.