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February 18, 2011 Updates

In the likely case of a work stoppage, many NBA players—including Lakers guard Kobe Bryant—have said they would consider playing overseas. "If we have the option to go somewhere else to do what we love to do, why not?" Nets center and native Parisian Johan Petro told HOOPSWORLD. "I thought about it. I know other guys have. "I was thinking about it," he continued. "I was talking to my French teammates. Obviously, guys won't go over at first. We keep [the option] there, maybe, in the back of our heads if [NBA labor negotiations take] too long." HoopsWorld

Of course, there are issues with playing overseas. Petro said it might be hard getting European clubs to allow players to return to the NBA without penalty—especially if the Americans are leaving their European teammates behind in the midst of the season. "The hard thing will be being over there, then things start up again over here [in the NBA] and then you have to tell your teammates over there, 'I have to go back. I have to be back here," Petro said. Then there are the players' commitments to the NBA. Lakers fans wouldn't be happy if Bryant injured himself playing in Milan. "It's a good idea," Knicks center Timofey Mozgov said of playing in Europe, "but you have to think about things like injury." HoopsWorld

Another danger of playing overseas is foreign markets. Teams often offer big contracts only to disappoint players on payday. The key, players say, is ending up with the right team in the right league. "Spain should be the top," Petro said. "Spain, Italy, Russia. I mean those are the team's that can afford it. Even if a country is bad, it still has one or two top teams. "I don't think it's about the teams," he continued. "It's about where, like, what country to go to to make sure you get paid. That's something to think about." HoopsWorld

Then there's the opposing argument that says NBA players owe it to their teams to stay in shape in case a deal is reached. Nobody wants the league to reconvene in December with significantly heavier players. "There's no better way to stay in shape than to play—play the game," said Petro, who would openly recruit NBA teammates to go with him. "So, I think it would be great [to bring teammates over in the event of a work stoppage]." HoopsWorld

January 9, 2011 Updates
July 12, 2010 Updates

The Johan Petro contract will work out $3.25M for the first two years and $3.5 for the third. The Jordan Farmar deal escalates – from $3.75M to $4.0M to $4.25M. So that means the four new guys will make $18M combined this season. The eight others will make $24,597,425, with Derrick Favors budgeted at $4.133M and Damion James at $1.156M. Newark Star-Ledger

July 10, 2010 Updates

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