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Friday, November 19th, 2010 at 1:15 pm  |  26 responses

Brandon Jennings Would Play Overseas During NBA Lockout

Jennings, no stranger to international hoops, tells HoopsHype that he’d be willing to go back there should the NBA shut down operations next season: “Are you saving your money for a potential lockout next season? BJ: ‘Oh, yeah. Of course. I think if a lockout comes, we can go overseas and play, right? I’ve heard guys say that.’ You would actually play overseas next season? BJ: ‘You got to do something. I love to play the game of basketball, so I don’t want to just sit around. If there’s a lockout, I’d probably go overseas again and play.’ And what country would you prefer to play in? BJ: ‘Italy.’ You obviously enjoyed the one season you played with Lottomatica Roma before joining the Bucks. BJ: ‘I did, and I know the city. I can get back there and go where I usually go. Maybe teams over there will have different expectations of me now. Hopefully, the work I put in over here will get me some minutes overseas.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Is that allowed if he’s technically under contract? I know the owners would be the ones on strike and not paying him so would FIBA let him play?

  • tRay

    Smart move BJ…COMPTON IN THE HOUSE!

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    I don’t think that Jennings would be the only one to make the move to play overseas during a lockout. I bet a lot of players will try to do it. It could be great for the game internationally. Since the D League will still opporate next year I would think that late round draft picks would play there until some agreement can be reached.

  • unrel

    smart kid.. he’s said a few smart comments, in my opinion, for a youngster..

  • Cheech

    Stern is going to love this

  • JD

    This would be the great thing about a lockout it would bring loads of good NBAers to Europe. It would undoubtedly reduce the chasm between Europe and the USA

  • chazz michael michaels

    lol all the players are gonna go overseas then a.i. will have to comeback to america

  • http://www.lfc.tv ermaaL

    I wonder what other big players think of that!

  • T-Money

    la huey: yup, that’s what all the big-time hockey players did during their last lockout. / hoping to get some minutes?? you can clearly see that bj was somewhat traumatized by his last experience in the euroleague. they had him backing up an undersized shooting guard from the ivy league for eff’s sake lol.

  • All Day

    I can see more NBA players following Brandon Jennings, if there’s a lockout. Gotta make that money! They would need to create a EuroLeague Pass so I can watch those games!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    So, if Brandon Jennings goes back to Italy, and say, Shaq or Tim Duncan go there as well, does Jennings get to call them “rook”??

  • Topher

    Guys and Gals,

    Brandon Jennings CAN NOT go overseas and play if there is a lockout. PERIOD. If you are under contract, Brandon IS and will STILL BE, you are not allowed to play in a FIBA league.

    It’s not complicated. If Brandon was talking to his team’s Player Association rep he would know this little and very important fact. If he isn’t saving money because he thinks he can go and play in Italy, he is going to be rudely awoken when he gets the memo.

    So no, there won’t be a mass exodus to Europe. There may be a large group of unrestricted FA, and other people without contracts that go to Europe but it wont be any of the big names.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol Stern sweating hot sauce right now lmao

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    @T-Money, thx.

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  • TheMac

    Humble & smart kid…

  • FromTheLivingroom

    That’s what happened a few years back, when NHL had their lockout. Here in Sweden, every team in the Swedish Hockey League had like 8-9 NHL players each that season. Crazy…

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

    Ive been wondering about this as an option for the players. I think the real big names will stay home, but many role players, youngns, and super vets will do it.

  • Zeiramsy

    Technically this wouldn´t be allowed, at least to my knowledge. I know of no players that did this during the last lock-out besides Nowitzki but he was just drafted and hadn´t signed a contract yet so he just stayed with his German team a little longer.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    dont see why it wouldnt be allowed.. hell if lebron and company want to do it then they will for sure they have already shown they dont give a damn about anyones authority.. there is almost no need for owners in some situations in the nba nowdays

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    The complication in them playing overseas is the contract duration. They have to honor their NBA contracts so if/when the lock-out is over they have to come back. This could mean that after only 1 game or 25 games or in the middle of the euro-playoffs or whenever. I’m sure euro teams would be willing to have 1 or 2 NBA guys on the team, but they wouldn’t necessarily want too many because they may have to leave at any time. Plus, obviously not all of them have that many open slots for free agents. But, you never really know who would be willing to go overseas and who just talks like they would.

  • Groves

    Brandon Jennings, wise beyond his years

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/32JSE Yesse

    This would be great if all the players did this or atleast most.

  • Will Lee

    Melo can go play. He’s an unrestricted FA.

  • chris

    any player under nba contract can play where ever they want. if a european team is willing to sign and pay them. the only thing an nba team, such as the bucks could do, is sue brandon jennings or terminate his contract. further more more if other nba stars showed intrest in playing over seas during this negotiation. i think nba owners would be faster to compromise on a new CBA.

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