Now that the NBA lockout is well underway, rumors abound that many of the league’s players will now look to play overseas next season.
And seeing as though some players—such as David Anderson, Hilton Armstrong, Nenad Krstic, Sonny Weems, Mustafa Shakur and DaJuan Summers—have already signed contracts across the pond, it’s reasonable to expect more to follow.
However, there are still some roadblocks which could prevent the NBA’s best and brightest from playing overseas.
First and foremost is that there are only a limited number of spots available on overseas teams, and these clubs will probably not want to waste their roster space on a temporary player, especially if they are in a league which limits the number of foreign-born players.
Additionally, all players under contract with an NBA team will need FIBA to sign off on their non-NBA contracts—which may never even happen.
And even if these contracts were able to be formulated, they may not even prove to be that beneficial for NBA players.
One reason for this is that overseas basketball teams have drastically smaller payrolls than their US counterparts—a fact made even more damning when one considers that big-time NBA players would need to pay large sums of money for injury insurance.
And given that the Players’ Association has long been urging their players to financially prepare for a lockout—and that they are even providing facilities for practice and rehab—it seems as though most NBA players will ultimately stay put.
So what types of players might leave then?
Well, it looks as though it will mostly be guys who were on their way out of the NBA already.
And in addition to them, it’s probably safe to assume that players who are free agents and those with overseas backgrounds might look to make the jump.
So even though those guidelines significantly cut the population of players who would consider playing abroad, there are still a few big names left.
Consequently, we are now left with the question of who will play overseas next season.
Well, this slideshow will attempt to answer that question, providing a list of 10 players who could very well be playing outside of the NBA in the coming year.