Young Phoenix Suns forward Gani Lawal appears to be the newest NBA player to head abroad during the NBA lockout. The 22-year-old Lawal, who played his college basketball at Georgia Tech, did not see much time with the Suns last season, partially due to an ACL injury. He'll be heading to Zastal Zielona Góra in Poland, which might not be a bad career move for Lawal even if the NBA lockout ends shortly.
Between the lockout and the Suns drafting Markieff Morris, Lawal is almost certainly best served by a move abroad. It doesn't do 22-year-old fringe NBA players with NBA-level raw talent any good to sit around. Lawal needs to be playing basketball regularly to advance his career, and he's going to get a much better chance to do that in Poland than he was going to get in the United States.
Lawal is believed to have an opt-out clause in his contract that would allow him to return to the NBA if the lockout ended.