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Gates are open: FIBA grants NBA players clearance

Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: July 29, 2011 5:10 pm
 
By Matt Moore

Cry havoc, and let loose the dogs of the low block. The European free agency market is officially open for business. 

FIBA announed today its decision regarding clearance for NBA players locked out and their availability in international competitions, and it's good news for those wanting to play basketball overseas. From the FIBA release:
FIBA has confirmed it will approve the transfer of players under contract with the NBA deciding to play for clubs of FIBA affiliated leagues during the on-going lockout.

During a lockout NBA players who continue to be under contract with an NBA team are free to play anywhere they want, whether for their national teams and/or for club teams.

If an NBA player requests to play for a club of a FIBA affiliated league, the NBA will not object but will state that the player will have to return to his NBA team as soon as the lockout ends. Consequently, FIBA will deliver a letter of clearance subject to the receipt of a declaration signed by the player, stating that he will return to his NBA team when the lockout is over.

“As the world governing body for basketball, we strongly hope that the labour dispute will be resolved as soon as possible, and that the NBA season is able to begin as scheduled,” said FIBA Secretary General and IOC member, Patrick Baumann.
via PR N°15 - FIBA clears NBA players to play abroad during lockout | FIBA.COM.

NBA LOCKOUT COVERAGE
NBA players headed overseas?
The ruling paves the way for what the NBPA hopes is a mass exodus of players overseas in an effort to show the NBA that its players can support themselves while the owners try and starve them out with the lockout. Deron Williams has already signed with Turkish team Besiktas, which also is meeting with Kobe Bryant on Saturday according to reports.

Whether or not players will actually pursue such opportunities is still hotly debated. Most think that players may sign, but never play abroad. Others think that the risks are too great for the players. Some think that the money makes sense, but not as much as the chance to expand their international brand, which can have far greater benefits than any salary they would pull from their team.

FIBA also stated in the release that "in spite of widespread doubts related to the lockout, National Teams competing in this summer’s Olympic Qualifiers will be able to count on the participation of most of their NBA stars." That may have been part of the agreement met when Baumann met with David Stern last week. 

Now we wait to see what the effect of this ruling will be, and if the players and European clubs take advantage of it.
Comments

Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:09 am
 

Gates are open: FIBA grants NBA players clearance

I wonder if Antonio Cromartie and LeBron James ever had a chance to bid on Tiger Woods cell phone smart card with his "harem" in it? 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Gates are open: FIBA grants NBA players clearance

How many players from the USA can the foreign teams handle anyway? Chances are that only the high profile players, the ones with the most money in the bank, will be sought after. This will in no way help the Player's Union strike against the Owners. The majority of players, to include the rookies, will have troubles financially surviving the Strike, if it lasts the entire year. Eventually it will boil down to one thing. Who is in better shape financially. Personally I believe that the Owners will win this war. The players will not lose all, but the Owners will be the Winners when all is said and done.




Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Gates are open: FIBA grants NBA players clearance

Bad news for Heat fans as LeBron will now take his,ahem TALENTS, to the French Riviera.




Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Gates are open: FIBA grants NBA players clearance

I think this is hilarious. The owners had such a good plan for the lockout.....but forgot about overseas! DAMMIT! The NFL didn't have any real, viable competitors to worry about, so they always had control. Europe has been the safe haven for a bunch of players that were no longer skilled enough to cut it in the NBA or some names that still had marketing value. Now, they will draw the big names. Basketball is REALLY big overseas...right behind soccer and this could hurt the owners more than they know.

Good for the players for not resigning that they have no other options and might have to give in to ridiculous demands. I can't wait to see how this plays out, not to mention if someone tears up a knee.




Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Gates are open: FIBA grants NBA players clearance

Bodrum, Türkiye Kobe Bryant hoş geldiniz!Biz sizleri ağırlamaktan onur duyuyoruz.Milli İçecek, elma çayı bazı ister misiniz?






(Welcome to Bodrum, Turkey Kobe Bryant!  We are honored to host you.  Would you like some of our National Drink, apple tea?)



Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Gates are open: FIBA grants NBA players clearance

Don REY- Then look into contracting teams like the Clippers, Bucks, Nets, and Warriors.

Contracting maybe because the economy is absolutely horrible in certain markets.  But the teams that need to go should include Timberwolves, Kings, and Bobcats.  NASCAR will always trump basketball in North Carolina.  Plus they have a ton of college teams that are full of better players than the boobcats have on thier roster. 


NASCAR doesn't trump basketball in South Carolina though, and keep in mind, Charlotte is right on the border.  The Bobcats will stay where they are because there's not a NBA within driving distance of of SC.  And plus, no matter how much they suck, people will go to the games to see the teams they're playing.  Plus, Michael Jordan owning the team and all.



Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:24 am
 

Gates are open: FIBA grants NBA players clearance

Of course it is. And of course you won't. You root for the Pistons.
Actually Heat fans and players are the ones that will miss it the most - the sting of losing in the finals will be there for a whole year.



Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:43 am
 

Gates are open: FIBA grants NBA players clearance

Don REY- Then look into contracting teams like the Clippers, Bucks, Nets, and Warriors.

Contracting maybe because the economy is absolutely horrible in certain markets.  But the teams that need to go should include Timberwolves, Kings, and Bobcats.  NASCAR will always trump basketball in North Carolina.  Plus they have a ton of college teams that are full of better players than the boobcats have on thier roster. 




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:18 am
 

Gates are open: FIBA grants NBA players clearance

Nobody would miss the NBA..




Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:43 pm
 

Gates are open: FIBA grants NBA players clearance

with any luck thier will be no season even poker as a sport broadcast is more exciting and poker is boring. Only sport in existance where last 3 minutes can take an hour to play.


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