Jul 8, 2011, 2:35 PM EST
All this talk of NBA players jumping to Europe… there’s a few reasons we’re skeptical here. And not just because we’re skeptical of everything.
One big issue is money — few European teams can afford to approach even an average NBA salary. At the high end of the rumors, Deron Williams would make $5 million in Turkey — which is $11 million less than he would in the NBA.
According to Marca.com, Kirilenko recently approached Spanish League power Real Madrid about a contract, but the club balked over his $5.8 million salary request.
Kirilenko was paid $17.8 million last season, when injuries again limited his contribution to the Jazz. In 64 games, he averaged 11.7 points and 5.1 rebounds.
We’re just saying, don’t expect name NBA players to race overseas where they will be paid a fraction of their NBA salaries (and risk those salaries, if they get hurt playing in Europe and NBA team can void the deal).
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