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Gasol brothers lead today’s list of players looking overseas

Nov 15, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT


Barcelona — already one of the powerhouse clubs of European basketball — could become dominant thanks to the NBA season winding its way toward oblivion.

Both Gasol brothers — the Lakers Pau and the Grizzlies’ Marc — could sign to play for the club as the NBA cancels the season. That is the big news in today’s rush of players trying to get paid to play overseas.

The Gasol brothers have been working out at the Barcelona facilities and news of their interest comes from Pau via (hat tip to SLAM for the translation).

‘If they cancel the season we would like to play here (in Barcelona). I speak for myself, but Marc would also like to play for Barcelona.’ Also assessed the possibility that Real Madrid tried to sign his brother. ‘I can not imagine him in white, but nothing is impossible.’ Pau said the cancellation would have a very nice season for the European leagues. ‘The best players in the world would be free and eager to play in other leagues,’ he said.”

In other player movement news:

Andres Nocioni will play for Penarol in Argentina now. Nocioni is getting a pretty small salary but the team is picking up the insurance on his NBA contract. There is an opt out but if the lockout continues he likely stays.

• The Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China would like to get Jamal Crawford, reports ESPN. Crawford is a free agent and could play the full rest of the Chinese season (through March) then return to the NBA if there is a season going.

  1. yournuts - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Bye bye, so long, farewell.

  2. leearmon - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    I wonder how long the owners will be unified when one of Jerry Buss’ stars heads overseas. Then maybe Derrick Rose, Lebron Melo, Durant, Ginobili, Nowitzki etc. Once these business men, some of whom aren’t hardliners, see there star players leaving and lessening their chances to bring a championship and extra cash to their NBA franchises, you can imagine the conversations that would ensue. I would love to be a fly on the wall when Stern, Dan Gilbert and Jordan try to talk down Dolan, Cuban, Buss and Reinsdorf. That would make for great television.

    • yournuts - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:13 PM

      I don’t think Jerry would care right now If his so called stars went overseas, they would be making less than 1/3 of what they are making here with absolutely no basketball related income. There is such a difference in pay between the NBA and the european leagues The players would be back in a heartbeat, they would NEVER sign a long term contract with a european team. Some of the European teams have actually gone bankrupt. Perhaps we are looking at a World basketball league starting up soon? Where teams travel anywhere to play a game and they would have to fight all the european players for jobs? Or perhaps the european owners would not want to sign an ex. NBA player for the way they pressed the NBA owners? Who knows what would happen? I see a huge mess for the players and their legal teams. Don’t forget that not only are the players not getting paid but they have to pay some team of lawyers to do their legal work for them. A lose/lose situation for them.

      If you insist on calling the players a product, remember that products are always changed or improved but rarely do you see the product being manufactured somewhere else. THe owners always makes the product. In other words, forget these players and lets start again with players who actually want to play for their salaries. Lets get rid of the Paul Pearce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and anybody else who has made the situation the way it is? These three are old relics anyway and are looking so greedy. They could give a damn about the fans, they are to worried at what the owners make and don’t appreciate what they have or had.

      • 6thsense79 - Nov 16, 2011 at 2:48 AM

        Ok shut up already about “greedy” players. This is the most rediculous thing I’ve heard. Only in the US can one group agree to give up $280 million a year (almost $2 billion total over the course of a new CBA) to another group and be the ones considered “greedy”. It’s damn annoying.

        Also the players are the product. The owners don’t own or make them. This is rediculous. Also have you been following this whole mess? How in the hell can you walk away thinking the players have pressed the owners??? The players are the ones who have given in on issue after issue and most observers pretty much agreed that this whole thing was basically a route for the owners yet the OWNERS kept pressing for more.

  3. leearmon - Nov 15, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    That is your opinion, which you are completely obligated to. I do however disagree with a few of your points. I do believe Jerry Buss would be upset if Kobe and Pau went overseas. And lets be clear, if Kobe went overseas he wouldnt be getting 1/3 of his contract, especially considering it would be tax free for a fraction of the time, and if he played in China, the currency is much greater there than here in the states. And ask Linas Kleza, Juan Carlos Navarro and Josh Childress if they would be back in a “heartbeat” each of those marginal players played overseas, rejecting NBA offers and stayed there for over a season each.

    Basketball is the second most popular sport worldwide. So this notion of foregin leagues struggling to survive is a bit overstated. There is great demand for basketball in other countries, if there wasn’t the Ricky Rubio’s, Niclaus Batum’s and Gasol brothers wouldn’t exist. And how exactly do the owners “make the product”? And if they did in fact “make” it as you point out, why would guys like Dan Gilbert get so upset when a player they made leaves? If the owners do “make” the product, why not just “make” another Lebron? Or better yet, make another Bill Russell, or Magic, actually make another Jordan, and breed it with Chamberlain to “make” the ultimate NBA player, call him “Product X”

    As a Knick fan, Im all for getting rid of Ray Allen, K.G. and especially Paul Pierce, but its hard to argue that to a Celtic fan, after those three were responsible for bringing a championship back to Boston. You say the owners should forget about the players, and find new ones, but tell me when was the last time you sat through an “And One” basketball game? Or better yet, when was the last time you paid money to see some stringers play ball at your local YMCA? Because those would be the alternatives. I dont know about you, but I prefer to watch Duncan, Howard and Nowitzki. And its not even close. But to each his own.

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