NBA players who are under contract will be allowed to play anywhere they want as long as the Lockout in the Association continues, as “FIBA.com” announced Friday that the governing body for International basketball that they will grant a waiver to any NBA player who requests one as long as the work-stoppage continues. The ruling is a big victory for the players as they will have a chance to earn money as long as the Lockout remains in effect; subsequently it is a blow to Team Owners as they no longer will be able to just wait the players out until they are financially strapped.
FIBA Secretary General Patrick Bauman announced the ruling from Geneva, Switzerland on Friday. Bauman said “As the world governing body for basketball, we strongly hope that the labour dispute will be resolved as soon as possible, and that the NBA season is able to begin as scheduled. In view of our role to promote basketball worldwide, we support any player wishing to play the game, wherever and whenever. We do so while obviously taking the interests, rights and obligations of all parties into account. We are delighted to see that, in spite of widespread doubts related to the lockout, National Teams competing in this summer’s Olympic Qualifiers will be able to count on the participation of most of their NBA stars.”
New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams has already signed a contract to play in Turkey as long as the work-stoppage continues. FIBA is requiring that all contracts that are signed by players who are currently signed to teams in the Association must contain an NBA out-clause stating that the player will be free to rejoin their NBA team once a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement has been ratified.