As we begin to enter September, reality is starting to give us a nudge to the shoulder – the lockout is very real. Right now, outside of some free agency moves and canceled Summer League games, we haven’t really felt the hit – but as the sand drains through the NBA hourglass, if things don’t get some resolution soon we’re going to be missing at least some of the NBA season.
So that brings me to the idea of NBA players traveling across the Atlantic to get their basketball in, more specifically our Sacramento Kings.
From DeMarcus Cousins to Tyreke Evans. From Jason Thompson to Marcus Thornton. If you wear purple and black, chances are, you have a pending offer from some team clamoring for your talent. Any player with an ounce of NBA stability will have an out clause in their contract assuming they did sign to play overseas, but the question begs, how would you as a King fan feel if Tyreke Evans or DeMarcus Cousins laced up their sneakers for a new team?
On the surface, it seems simple and actually beneficial. They stay in game shape, or at least close to it. They get to compete with solid talent, more or less. But then you think about the possibility for injury. The fact that the majority of teams don’t have the same type of medical expertise or caution that NBA teams do. The fact that these clubs have a lot of money invested for a short period – they’re going to ride that horse until it collapses.
So how would you feel about any of the Kings playing overseas? Is it no big deal? Or a no go?