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Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 3:55 pm  |  19 responses

Dirk Nowitzki Wants to Play in Germany During Lockout

Brandon Jennings was the first “big” name to claim he’d play overseas during the seemingly-inevitable lockout next season, and now Dirk says he’d do the same. Thing is, though, it won’t be easy at all for NBA players to play in other leagues. From the NY Times (via The Bild): “More N.B.A. players are starting to look abroad for playing opportunities, exploring options for next season if there is a lockout. Dallas Mavericks All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, who hails from Germany, has told German newspaper The Bild that he will likely come home to play if the N.B.A. is shut down. Similar remarks were made two weeks ago by Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, who said he will probably go back to his native Russia to play during a lockout. ‘Instead of doing nothing for a year, I will come to Germany,’ Nowitzki said in German. According to N.B.A. cap guru Larry Coon via a ProBasketballTalk.com post, however, he won’t be allowed to because of international transfer rules that prohibit players under contract in one league from playing in another.”

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  • Gatsby

    Why would he want to play in the German league? It’s a terrible league, the upper echelon German teams are like division 2 college teams. At least play in Spain…oh well can’t play anyway..

  • dimon

    too bad. i’d love to see him play for würzburg. it’s only about 30km away from me.

  • the nerve

    dick nowitkzi

  • Samacuse

    He may not be able to because of the transfer rules…but Melo might be able to…

  • http://zenguu Max

    A lockout would suck.

  • youngmuggsy

    This is the single most surprising piece of news I have ever read.

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    Good news for us germans.
    This would boost the media echo of the league like nothing before.

  • Yesse

    I actually hope the lockout comes next season. Would be awesome to see many Nba players play somewhere else.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    He just said hed go to germany. He didnt say hed play in a german league. And ak47 will be a fa if im not mistaken, so he could play in russia if he wantts.

  • MikeC.

    What about the D-League? Will a lockout be imposed on the NBA’s D-League as well? Maybe Dirk can take his talents to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

  • dma

    So do I, Dirk. So. Do. I.

  • Groves

    this could be good for other young european prospects, and hell, it could be good for young high school players looking to go straight to the european pro’s after High School(ala Brandon Jennings). These young gus could get noticed more if they come up big against NBA players and mentorship and competition from these players before the pro’s could really help young guys development. Maybe it could be the start of NBA Euro D-League as well…

  • Jose

    How strange that would be if everyone just sent themselves to the D-league for the lockout.

  • Sam J

    Good idea.
    Bogut, Patty Mills and David Andersen can come home and play in Oz.

  • rob

    same with tony parker, michael pietrus, nicolas batum, etc.. for france

  • Yann Blavec

    Gheorghe Muresan played in France during the ’99 lock-out.

  • Dave

    @gatsby
    German is a good league…level of a division 2 team? I don t think so…that’s why you have no knowledge of basketball…alba Berlin or brose basket for example would destroy a team like Ohio state or other d1 team…

  • Norimike

    Dont these guys have any feelings for the lower league players they will be putting out of a job? Its not like any of these guys need the money. The lower league players probably do.
    The players union/association with FIBA should step in and ban any of these guys from playing in another league while they are in dispute.

  • bashmo

    wait, so players under contract cant transfer? SO that means players with expering contracts and free agents can only play in Europe? That would be grand for free agents who are looking to sign a 1 year contract overseas and then return and play for a team willing to sign them.

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