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While Monday’s ongoing NBA lockout negotiations will shed much light on Durant’s future playing basketball abroad if a work stoppage jeopardizes the rest of the season, management for BBC Bayreuth has said “serious negotiations” are being conducted between the two parties. "With the delicacy with which we have been negotiating with the agent for Kevin Durant, it's only once over. The fact is that we have been about three weeks in serious negotiations with the agent for Kevin Durant, Aaron Goodwin, and its partners in Europe, "says Manfred Schöttner, BBC’s managing director, told the northern Bavarian Courier. Beyond The Beat

Negotiations have been ongoing for the past three weeks. "Currently, one can classify the negotiation status so that an agreement on financial matters is very possible. Furthermore, it was already staked out the potential for a period engagement… "We are also working intensively on the biggest challenge of a possible short exposures of Kevin Durant: The organization of the mandatory wage loss insurance," explained Schöttner. Beyond The Beat

November 13, 2011 Updates

If the labor impasse isn’t resolved, Durant said he could sign a contract next week to play overseas. He’s weighing offers from Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, Valencia in Spain and BBC Bayreuth in Germany. Any deal Durant signs would include an opt-out clause that allows him to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends. Yahoo! Sports

October 6, 2011 Updates

Dubi Pick: Ike Diogu's undergoing intensive negotiations w/Bayern Muenchen, sources estimate a 50-50 % chance he'd sign but admit there's intense talk Twitter

September 19, 2011 Updates

Nowitzki has said for months that he will find somewhere else to play in 2011-12 if the lockout extends into the winter and jeopardizes the NBA season, because, in Nowitzki's words, he's "too old to sit around for a whole year." Big-spending Bayern Munich and other top German clubs have been trying for months to convince Nowitzki to sign a deal with an out clause to return to the United States as soon as the lockout ends, but the 33-year-old has likewise indicated that he's unlikely to join a German club because he doesn't want to slight any club in the country. "Let's see where the lockout is in a few weeks and then we'll have something to talk about," Nowitzki said of finding temporary employment abroads. ESPN.com

Nowitzki also said that he intends to take no less than a two-year break from playing for his country after Germany's failure to secure the top-six finish required to remain eligible for Olympic qualification. But he left open the possibility of rejoining the squad in the summer of 2015, at the age of 37, to try to help the Germans qualify for the 2016 Olympics. "I'm not going to retire (from the national team) and I'm not going to say that I will definitely play (for Germany) again," Nowitzki said Sunday night after watching Spain beat France in the EuroBasket final on TV at his Wurzburg home. "I'm going to take a couple years off, then we'll see." ESPN.com

September 12, 2011 Updates

He could, of course, secure that historical mark if he opts to return for another tour of duty in next summer's qualifiers for EuroBasket 2013. The assumption, as he enters the veteran stage of his career, has always been that it was Olympics or bust. Maybe not. "My gut feeling is that he'll come back," Bauermann said. "I don't think he's done. I think he'll play for Germany again. Not next year, not the year after. But I don't think he's done. "That's his decision but that's my gut feeling." ESPN.com

Nowitzki, as proud a German as he is a Maverick, will listen to his gut but also to his body. This summer has underlined his physical limits. He will rest up now to prepare for the NBA season, when it comes. The defense of the title will take top priority. There is no urgent rush to confirm or reject Bauermann's prediction. Germany, already grateful, will give him all the time he needs to decide on whether this really was the end of the road. "I don't know," Nowitzki admitted after the game. "I'll just have to wait and see what the future brings. The fans have been great. I've met so many great people over the years. The journalists have been great to me. "Basketball's given me a lot of great memories." ESPN.com

In front of 11,000 screaming, partisan supporters, a Lithuania loss would have brought devastation for an entire nation. For Nowitzki, the end of his hopes of playing in another Olympic Games, this time in London, was no less painful. He had 16 points and 11 rebounds but could not provide the kind of heroics that helped carry the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA title three months ago. By the end, quite simply, he had nothing left to give. "Overall, I don't feel I was in the kind of shape I needed to be in here," he acknowledged. "I don't feel I really played a good tournament for us. I missed a lot of shots. Even today, in the fourth quarter, it was a tight game and I had two or three looks that I have got to make." ESPN.com

Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman had a game-high 25 points but only five of Germany's players scored in the game. Lithuania, ultimately, was just too good and its youthful energy was just too much for a 33-year-old -- playing his 102nd competitive game inside the past 12 months -- to resist. "I give him so much credit for having played here," said Germany head coach Dirk Bauermann, whose own tenure in the job has come to its end. "He had a super short break after winning the NBA championship. Obviously, he wasn't rested and a lot of NBA players wouldn't have played under these circumstances. He dragged himself out here and he gave us everything he had." ESPN.com

Said Dirk: “It was 13 great years. It was a great time with big success, which I will always look back on with mixed emotions.” (And yes, he was using the past tense: “Es waren 13 tolle Jahre. Es war eine Riesenzeit mit großen Erfolgen, auf die ich immer mit einem lachenden Auge zurückschauen werde,” runs the original.) Ball In Europe

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Nowitzki scored 19 points but disappeared offensively after giving Germany its final lead, 57-56 with 9:41 left in the fourth quarter. He took only two shots the rest of the way, missing them both. “We did a good job on their stars, Nowitzki and Kah-man. Is it Kah-man or Kaman?” Spanish coach Sergio Scariolo, betraying his lack of Clippers knowledge, said as he turned to his German counterpart, Dirk Bauermann, in the post-game news conference. “Marc tried to stop Kaman from going to his left because he knows he likes that move, and he is so effective because he notices those kinds of small details. It’s not just his size and his scoring ability,” Scariolo said. SheridanHoops

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Having "Deutschland" stretched across the front of his jersey could compel Kaman to do a double-take. But the pride of Grand Rapids, Mich., will wear the red, white, black and yellow by virtue of his great-grandparents' German heritage. "I take a little bit of heat for it," Kaman said, "but I don't care. I'm going to do what I want to do." Los Angeles Times

Kaman said Germany struggled in Beijing because of poor shooting but also acknowledged that he had difficulty adapting to the physical nature of international play. "It was like a wrestling match to me," Kaman said. "I was like, Are we playing football or basketball?" Los Angeles Times

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