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Would locked out Celtics consider signing overseas?
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On July 8, 2011 @ 5:16 pm In General | 2 Comments
Almost 50 years after The Beatles led The British Invasion of rock bands into the popular culture in the United States, none of the self-proclaimed Heatles  have committed to participate in what increasingly appears to be an invasion of NBA players into basketball leagues overseas.
But that’s not to say none of the NBA’s superstars aren’t (triple negative!) considering overseas options while the league’s owners have locked out the players with the absence of a collective bargaining agreement. A different wrinkle in this Eurasian Invasion pops up almost every day.
Nets point guard Deron Williams is leading the charge of superstars attempting to create leverage for the players, as he reportedly agreed in principal to a one-year, $5 million deal  with Turkey-based (get it?) Besiktas should the NBA’s lockout last through the summer. Upstart Canadian National Basketball League has already extended invites  to the likes of Dirk Nowitzi and LeBron James . Imports like Zaza Pachulia , Andrei Kirilenko, Marco Belinelli, Patrick Mills and Carlos Delfino are all considering returning overseas. Free agent veterans like Sonny Weems and undrafted free agents like David Lighty have already agreed to deals that will keep them in Europe even if there is a 2011-12 NBA season. And Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant  has discussed the possibility of leading a group of players represented by his agent , Rob Pelinka, on an exhibition tour of China.
It’s hard to believe that Nenad Krstic  started this trend , snubbing the Celtics  and other free-agent center pursuers to sign with CSKA Moscow for two years and $9.8 million. With new rumors emerging every day, are the Celtics in danger of losing any other members of the 2010-11 roster overseas?
Let’s examine the potential for Celtics to explore options abroad …
KEVIN GARNETT 
JAJUAN JOHNSON 
CARLOS ARROYO 
VON WAFER 
SASHA PAVLOVIC 
The five players not named Garnett currently under contract with the Celtics — Pierce, Ray Allen , Rajon Rondo , Jermaine O’Neal  and Avery Bradley  — along with Jeff Green , who has received a $5.9 million qualifying offer from the team, are all highly unlikely to attempt a Deron Williams-like departure to Istanbul — unless J.O. is looking to expand his Le Jaunty clothing line .
The only other players of consequence are free agents Glen Davis  and Delonte West  — both of whom the Celtics have expressed interest in re-signing once a collective bargaining agreement is achieved and both of whom are just crazy enough to sign overseas for a year.
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URLs in this post:
 the self-proclaimed Heatles: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/LeBron-James-wants-you-to-meet-the-quot-Heatles?urn=nba-303417
 agreed in principal to a one-year, $5 million deal: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/basketball/nets/Report_Nets_Deron_Williams_to_play_in_Turkey_if_long_lockout.html
 extended invites: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2011/07/05/ns-nba-join-nbl.html
 LeBron James: http://media.weei.com/basketball/lebron-james.htm
 Zaza Pachulia: http://media.weei.com/basketball/zaza-pachulia.htm
 Kobe Bryant: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kobe-bryant.htm
 leading a group of players represented by his agent: http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/la-sp-kobe-bryant-china-20110702,0,4529980.story
 Nenad Krstic: http://media.weei.com/basketball/nenad-krstic.htm
 started this trend: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/sam_amick/07/07/deron.williams/index.html
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 KEVIN GARNETT: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-garnett.htm
 Paul Pierce: http://media.weei.com/basketball/paul-pierce.htm
 a group of players that were the most vocal: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/sports/basketball/as-an-nba-lockout-looms-t-shirts-proclaim-players-solidarity.html
 scheduled a trip to China later this summer: http://kgnba.qzone.qq.com/
 JAJUAN JOHNSON: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jajuan-johnson.htm
 E’Twaun Moore: http://media.weei.com/basketball/etwaun-moore.htm
 a Herald report: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/celtics/view.bg?articleid=1350156&srvc=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20+bostonherald%2Fsports%2Fbasketball%2Fceltics+%28Boston+Celtics+-+Celtics+%26+NBA+-+BostonHerald.com%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
 CARLOS ARROYO: http://media.weei.com/basketball/carlos-arroyo.htm
 Pallacanestro Cantu has reportedly shown serious interest: http://www.celticslife.com/2011/07/carlos-arroyo-next-one-to-leave.html
 Arroyo denied such rumors: http://www.sportando.net/eng/italy/serie-a/29217/carlos_arroyo_denied_reports_on_cantu.html
 VON WAFER: http://media.weei.com/basketball/von-wafer.htm
 told HoopsWorld: http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=20367
 SASHA PAVLOVIC: http://media.weei.com/basketball/aleksandar-pavlovic.htm
 threatened to take his talents to Europe: http://www.ohio.com/sports/pavlovic-threatens-to-play-in-europe-1.72449
 Cavaliers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/cleveland-cavaliers.htm
 Ray Allen: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ray-allen-celtics.htm
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Jermaine O’Neal: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jermaine-oneal.htm
 Avery Bradley: http://media.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm
 Jeff Green: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jeff-green.htm
 his Le Jaunty clothing line: http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/features_fashion/2011/01/5037.html
 Glen Davis: http://media.weei.com/basketball/glen-davis.htm
 Delonte West: http://media.weei.com/basketball/delonte-west.htm
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