Overseas Exodus

        The latest rumors speculate that salaries could be cut by as much of a third and according to the Nets' two-time All-Star, it's quite plausible to see a large number of NBA players, both stars and scrubs, bolt to Europe. As staggering as it sounds, Williams has led the charge, signing to a general agreement to play in Istanbul, Turkey for club team Besiktas (ironically, the same club Allen Iverson signed on to play with when the NBA wouldn't take him any longer).

        Even though the money and benefits (free housing, driver, around-the-clock assistant) are better, playing abroad is a lose-lose situation. A star like Williams has sky-high expectation given his skill level and will be expected to dominate the competition and lead his team to numerous wins. But like several high schools stars in Brandon Jennings and Jeremy Tyler have shown, it can be difficult to adapt to a new league and a new culture, raising questions and red flags about their maturity and talent. I sincerely doubt that many players will find the offer to play overseas a move for the long run, but given the fact that there is no longer a paycheck in the NBA, international waters are going to be crossed more often; some may not find enough money or familiarity to play while others, like Tony Parker and the athlete formerly known as Ron Artest, have come out and said depending on the length of the lockout, they may pack their bags. Other agents have come out and publically spoken about the lockout saying that the players they represent would consider any and all options that allow them to play basketball to keep their skills sharp and earn a living.

        With the lockout in full effect this fall, players may be looking to play for their respective countries in the European Championship to keep in shape.

ByPresident Corey Ruff - 7-1-11