View Full Version : Stein: Blazer's Nicolas Batum set to play for French Euroleague team SLUC Nancy

08-01-2011, 05:26 AM
Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum has committed to playing in France this season in the event of an extended lockout, according to his agent.

Bouna Ndiaye, who represents Batum, told ESPN.com on Sunday that a deal with SLUC Nancy in France's top league will be finalized in the coming week.

"They are playing in the Euroleague and Nicolas, as a young talent, needs to play to get better," Ndiaye said Sunday from France.

Source: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/6822683/portland-trail-blazers-nicolas-batum-deal-play-french-team

Another one... add that to Deron Williams, Tony Parker (would join the French League team he co-owns, ASVEL), perhaps Kobe, and many other less well-known players that are making plans to go abroad.

I think it's a terribly risky move. Obviously, the players would like to continue playing competitively so they do not get worse/rusty, but any injury that happens abroad will not be covered and they risk losing their contract.