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Kevin Durant, other players get serious about Europe now

Nov 14, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT


Deron Williams (playing in Turkey) and J.R. Smith (China) look pretty smart right about now, don’t they?

Now, with the NBA labor talks at the point where the players’ union is dissolving and the chances for an NBA season look bleak, other players want to be smart.

A number of players have started talking about going overseas now and you can bet a whole lot more will be saying the same thing in the next 48 hours. Star players will find a market — there is always room for special talents — but with most European teams having their rosters set, there will be a lot less room than most players and agents think.

Kevin Durant’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, has been in more serious negotiations with a number of European teams over the past week, but that is going to broaden now, reports Marc Stein of ESPN on twitter.

Source close to Durant says Thunder star will now widen his net and talk to more teams beyond Valencia, BBC Bayreuth and Maccabi Tel Aviv

Durant is one of the five best players walking the planet today, so there is always room to add a guy like that to your team. It’s going to be harder for others. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo tweeted some names getting serious about overseas.

Octagon’s already engaged w/ several European teams about sending clients Rudy Gay, Stephen Curry and Wesley Matthews overseas, source says.

The guys who might find it more difficult are guys like Darren Collison, the Pacers point guard who tells Mike Wells of the Indy Star he is seriously considering going overseas. Collison is a fine player, but while a European team might be willing to toy with chemistry to bring in Durant or Gay, Collison is not an irreplaceable talent.

But expect pretty much every player still stateside to start talking about Europe in the next few days.

  1. stadix093 - Nov 14, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    It begins. Believe it when I see it for over a month. None of this JJ Hickson one game crap.

  2. yournuts - Nov 14, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Good bye, see you, so long, farewell, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Maybe they should have taken the deal? Or how about at the very least ALLOWING the players to VOTE on the deal? Disgraceful.

    • 6thsense79 - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:22 AM

      Right….Or maybe all ownership should have been allowed to vote on the deal the players were proposing. The way I read it a number of owners except the most hardline would have accepted changes the players wanted on the B level issues…..Oh well….the hard liners on both sides get their day now.

  4. silverbuffalo - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:13 AM

    Making 10% of what they would have made in the USA. Let these boys find out what its like to live outside of the good ol USA!

  5. leearmon - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    Well if J.R. Smith, Wilson Chandler and other players were able to get a job overseas Im not sure why you’re so confident Collison won’t be able to.

  6. delsj - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Seriously, why would any star player need to find other employment for at most one season? You are telling me that they can’t go a year without drawing a salary after even 1 multi-million dollar year. China, Turkey really? Sad…

  7. basketballwizz - Nov 18, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    I hope Kevin Durant won’t sign with BBC Bayreuth, because the Europeans were hoping to see him playing in the Euroleague and not for a club as “average” as this. I’ve already read that Nowitzki is in the final stage of negotiation with BC Bayern, so if Durant signs with Bayreuth it means that Germans will have a “strong league” this season. I hope his agents will persuade him of playing for a greater basketball club, such as Maccabi, Real Madrid, CSKA…

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