HoopsHype Maccabi Ashdod rumors
76ers big man Craig Brackins has signed with Maccabi Ashdod of the Israeli Basketball Super League. The contract is for less than the entire season, running only through December, and includes an opt-out clause if the currently locked out NBA resumes play before the contract's conclusion. Terms of the overseas deal were not known, but Brackins is under contract with the Sixers for $1.4 million this season. Brackins, 23, is the second member of the Sixers to sign overseas. Around the NBA, certain players - mostly role players or young guys like Brackins - have opted for overseas contracts during the lockout, which began July 1. Last week, the team's first-round draft pick, center Nikola Vucevic, signed with KK Buducnost Podgorica in his home country of Montenegro. Vucevic also has an opt-out clause should the NBA resume play." Philadelphia Inquirer
According to Brackins' agent, Andy Miller, the motivating factor in his client's decision to sign with Maccabi was gaining professional playing experience. While other players have hundreds of games under their belts, Brackins needs as much court time as possible. "We agreed it would help in this period, especially after missing summer league," said Miller, referring to the cancellation of the NBA's typical summer schedule, in which Brackins would have played. Philadelphia Inquirer
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