Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  23 responses

Canadian Hoops League Extends Invite to ‘Tier-3′ NBA Players

Europe and Asia aren’t the only options for locked out NBA players; Canada is a lot closer, and has a new league that’s willing to pay them (not a lot, mind you) for play during the labor impasse. From the Chronicle Herald: “Canada’s new professional hoops circuit hopes that another league’s burden could turn into its bonanza. The National Basketball League of Canada issued a release Tuesday inviting National Basketball Association players to hop the border and bring their high-flying acts to Canada if the NBA season is interrupted by a work stoppage. ‘We’re definitely realistic in what we’ve decided to do,’ Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Levingston, interim president of the NBL, which plans to begin play in the fall, said Tuesday. ‘We don’t think we’re gonna be able to land no LeBron James or Kobe Bryant because those guys will be fine (financially) during a lockout and I’m sure have their own regimen that keeps them in shape. But NBA guys need a basketball game and we definitely think we can lure the Tier 3 type players, the guys that maybe make the NBA minimum (salary), that would be interested in this opportunity.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    Tier 3 is a hockey term.

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

    …what an invitation lmao….Hello Tier 3 NBA player, would you like to play in Canada eh?

  • Groves

    The D-League is at a higher level than the new nbl of canada. i’d expect europe to be the first destination followed by dleague and china

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    There’s allways place in the BJ L

  • That Dude

    Isn’t the D league ran by the NBA therefore Locked out also

  • J.C.

    Great strat, Canada. Now anyone who chooses to play there will essentially be admitting that they consider themselves a tier 3 player. Which pretty much means you’ll only be getting tier 4 players.

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

    @ThatDude…you know I once considered that but goodness grief……this lockout ain’t doing no favors for no one….I got all the respect in the world for D-Leaguers. A LOT of these guys could be playing overseas making 6 figures but they are taking the paycut and grinding for that chance to get the call-up…it would be real wack for their whole thing to be shut down because of this all

  • frank

    I live near halifax, and I’ve seen the rainmen play. They aren’t exactly that good, and i’m sure a “tier 3″ nba player would help them a lot.

  • http://dsjfklf.com Jukai



    Right now, is Allen Iverson a tier 3 type player?

  • rlz

    We have a basketball league?

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    Second that rlz

  • Jake

    Lebron James=”I would like to announce that I am taking my talents to thunder bay.”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Cosign Jukai
    Time for the 2 time champ to break out!
    You know that Mbenga said that he could win DPOY with the Hornets last year? lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    He WILL win DPOY and MVP in Canada this year though…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Mbenga: the GOAT of all tier 3 nba players!

  • MikeC.

    @Jake – that’s pure speculation. I heard a rumour that Sault Ste Marie was making a strong push. However, I think he’s going to Yellowknife.

  • idrees

    we have a canadian league? REP PICKERING LIKE CORY JOSEPH.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Kwame Brown needs to go up there and become “Mr. Shut It Down”

  • Klemperer

    Please let Vince Carter play for this league!

  • http://twitter.com/rpravato Ryan

    Where’s Dan Dickau?

  • Gaz

    too far max… awks…

  • http://Slamonline.com CatKiller

    Canada + NBA players= :D