The basketball’s governing body announced that they will welcome NBA players to play overseas, as long as they are serious about it and also they have to promise that they would leave once the lockout ends.
FIBA officials gave an announcement recently that they would clear or give a go signal to all NBA players, even those under contract with their own teams to play in the leagues during the lockout, provided that players would sign a deal with opt-out clauses.
The agreement states that players can still receive an income even during the lockout by playing overseas, anywhere they pleas, any team, and as long as they are at their own risk.
The FIBA officials are also hoping that the labor dispute or the lockout would be resolved very soon, and that the NBA season would soon begin as schedules.
According to Patrick Baumann, secretary general, FIBA is created to promote basketball all over the world. And that they support any basketball player who are passionate about playing the game and have a strong desire to promote the sport anywhere they are and whenever possible. But the secretary general also said that even with all these, they still have to take the interests, rights, and obligations of all parties into consideration.
Having the chance to play overseas is one of the best options of NBA players not just to earn money but to play and do what they love during this work stoppage that couldlast a month and is even threatening to put a stop to the entire season of NBA. A couple of players already have a deal with different teams overseas, just like Nets All-Star Deron Williams, he already has a deal with the Turkish club, Besiktas, this same team is also wooing Kobe Bryant. And according to most of the players, even those who are considered superstars said that they are very much willing to play overseas.
Billy Hunter, union executive director, is actually the one who gave the idea or presented the option about NBA players playing overseas. Hunter and the other players believe that this fact would somehow pressure the owner at the bargaining table if they realize that the players have a choice, and that is to play for other teams abroad.
An NBA player, who is under a contract in the NBA and has decided to play in a FIBA-affiliated league, must first get clearance from the NBA. The player would then be given a partial clearance, and this means that the said player should go back to his original NBA team after the lockout.