Gasol and other players move to Europe during NBA lockout
August 30, 2011
The National Basketball Association is currently in a lockout, and many players are heading overseas so they can continue to play until things work out in America. Already, 30 NBA players have signed with European teams.
"I didn't want to jeopardize what I had here," Danny Green, who played with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009-10 season and spent last season in San Antonio, told the news source. "At the same time, I just needed to play somewhere."
Green signed with a team in Slovenia, but his contract has an opt-out clause that will allow him to leave the team to return to the NBA if the lockout ends before his contract expires. This is the route most of the players are taking, but those who are still debating making the jump across the ocean better decide soon, as rosters are filling up and the training camps are almost over.
Even big-name Pau Gasol returned to Spain this season after spending a few years with the Los Angeles Lakers, and he will be on the starting lineup for the European championship tournament against Lithuania. People can make calls to their friends with phone cards to talk about the games.