As we continue to sit and wait for the NBA and the Players Union to hopefully strike a deal sometime in the next couple months in order to avoid any games being lost, reports continue to pop up about players getting offers to play overseas. All the professional leagues around the world are chomping at the bit to lure some true superstars into their arenas, as they realize this is a true opportunity that doesn't come along very often.
Most recently, Bulls' forward Carlos Boozer said that he'll play in some other league should the NBA season not start on time. Also, Ron Artest of the L.A. Lakers has been linked to the British pro league, though his decision seems to have been influenced with an opportunity to help his music and acting careers.
The more time that goes by without a CBA in place here in the states, the bigger of a mess this whole situation seems to become. Even if a deal gets in place at the last minute, it looks like there will be a lot of players who will either have foreign contracts waiting to be signed or with deals already in place, just waiting for the chance to sign them.
As a Heat fan, I've been very pleased with the fact that there haven't been any players from Miami that have expressed any interest in playing overseas. On Thursday we got to breathe another temporary sigh of relief as the Sun Sentinel reported that Henry Thomas, the agent for each of the Big 3, said that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had not received any offers to play outside the NBA and ‘aren't actively seeking such opportunities'.
Even with this latest confirmation of somewhat good news, the fact of the matter is that with no certainty of a season ahead of us, there will always be the list of concerns. Not having a season, losing our players to other teams (even temporarily) and having them get hurt, just to name a few. Sure, this news makes me crack a smile, but it also reminds me of the greater concern.
I'll leave you with the comments that Thomas made to the Sun Sentinel on Thursday. One thing I'm sure of is that he, myself, and everyone else involved (Big 3 included) are all hoping for the same thing; an NBA season in 2011-12. Nobody wants to have to explore other options, relocate themselves to unfamiliar territories, be away from their families and in all likelihood make less money. We'll just have to keep waiting to see how things pan out. Here are Thomas' comments:
"One of the elements that you look at when you're evaluating the opportunities that come to you is the risk, and that's going to be a significant piece that will have to be evaluated. I'm certainly open to looking at any opportunities that are presented. I can't, in a vacuum, say how I would advise them."