The NBA lockout is officially underway and as of right now there is no end in sight. With that being said, players around the league have been considering their options and whether or not playing overseas is worth the risk if the lockout goes well into the upcoming NBA regular season.
A few days ago, superstar point guard and perennial All-Star Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets made a bold move by agreeing to play for Besiktas in Turkey if the NBA lockout continues during the NBA regular season. With the way things are going and the fact that this lockout could be worse than the one in 1998, Deron Williams could be one of many NBA players to play overseas in the coming months.
Even though it is no surprise these days to see undrafted college players and aging NBA veterans try their luck overseas, NBA superstars never make the jump to the international game as the risk of injury is too great and the money is nowhere near as lucrative when compared to the NBA.
Despite the money overseas not being all that great for the best of the best in the NBA, the current NBA lockout looks like it might force plenty of players to test the market overseas. Deron Williams was just the first big-name to agree with a team overseas, but he definitely won’t be the last as a rumor has started to circulate around the league that five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant might follow in his footsteps.
At this point in time, Kobe Bryant hasn’t made it known just how interested he would be in playing for Besiktas if this NBA lockout continues through the NBA regular season, but the Black Mamba has a reputation for taking risks and if he is healthy enough it wouldn’t surprise me to see him give it a try.
Along with Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant, there are a few other big-names that have been linked to possibly playing overseas during the NBA lockout like Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Amare Stoudemire (New York Knicks) and Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks).
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