NBA players seem to be fleeing for Europe left and right, with Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum reportedly the latest to reach an agreement. With the NBA lockout in place, and showing no signs of ending soon, players are in the midst of making contingency plans, while superstars and middle-of-the-road guys are turning to Europe for a paycheck during the lockout.
Batum is no exception, and will reportedly head to Nancy, a Euroleague team, this coming season.
The report comes from BasketSession and is passed along by Oregon Live.
He will sign an official contract with the team after a physical evaluation is performed. The Portland Trail Blazers forward will begin the season in French Pro A and the Euroleague with Nancy if an NBA lockout continues into the NBA regular season.
We knew contact discussions between the two parties were progressing, but nothing was sure yet. Especially as other clubs have expressed interest, including ASVEL according to information published in L'Equipe just ten days ago. Supporters of SLUC Nancy can therefore rest assured of one thing, that Nicolas will play for Nancy.
It seems like every day another player or two choose to find work outside of the NBA. If the owners' hope was to break the players and wait for them to crumble without a paycheck, they may be sorely mistaken. Instead, many players have contingencies in place, and seem to be preparing for the long-haul.
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