With the news coming out that New Jersey point guard Deron Williams will be taking his talents to the land of Enes if the NBA lockout persists, the question is now being posed to other players as to whether they would consider the European option if the league loses games from the upcoming season. One person who apparently won’t be going to Europe to work on his game is Brandon Knight, who told the Detroit Free Press that he wouldn’t consider taking his game overseas.
Pistons draft picks Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler told the Free Press on Thursday afternoon that despite the fact that the lockout prevents them from even discussing a contract with the club that selected them in last month’s draft, they aren’t thinking about going overseas.
“That’s not an option for me as of now,” Knight said from Maine, where both he and Singler were helping out at a basketball camp. “I’m just focusing on getting better. I’m sure that’s an option for other guys.”
Despite stating at a press conference before the lockout that he would not look to play overseas, DeAndre Liggins’ agent told the Orlando Sentinel that he would at least listen to offers and, if they were good enough, Liggins would ultimately decide if it was something he wanted to pursue.
Henry Thomas, who represents shooting guard DeAndre Liggins, said foreign teams have shown “some interest” in his client.
“My responsibility would be at least to field the offers, and if they are significant enough, then at least share them with him and evaluate them,” Thomas said. “The prudent thing to do at this point is to evaluate what’s out there, and a decision would have to be made if it was something attractive enough for him to be interested in or not.”
It’s a more interesting position for Liggins, who isn’t assured a roster spot like Knight and even though the team seems to like him, he theoretically could be cut the day the lockout ends. Considering that family needs dictated at least part of Liggins’ decision to go to the NBA, the allure of getting paid to play while the lockout drags on seems like it would be something worth considering. The labor issues appear poised to eliminate a big chunk of the NBA season, so it’ll be interesting to follow how guys like Liggins, for whom nothing is guaranteed, choose to navigate the situation.
Now, back to your Friday night. And go Team Cope.