FIBA Clears Overseas Path For NBA Players

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — There will be no FIBA hurdle for NBA players attempting to play overseas during the lockout.

The path was cleared for the players this morning, so says a statement released by the world governing body for basketball. FIBA will approve the transfer of players under contract with NBA teams if they decide to play for teams of FIBA affiliated leagues during the lockout, with several specific stipulations. The most notable caveat being that players choosing to pursue their interests overseas will do so at their “own risk,” per the statement:

During a lockout NBA players who continue to be under contract with an NBA team are free to play anywhere they want, whether for their national teams and/or for club teams.

If an NBA player requests to play for a club of a FIBA affiliated league, the NBA will not object but will state that the player will have to return to his NBA team as soon as the lockout ends. Consequently, FIBA will deliver a letter of clearance subject to the receipt of a declaration signed by the player, stating that he will return to his NBA team when the lockout is over.

“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,” said FIBA Secretary General and IOC member, Patrick Baumann.

“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,” he added.

“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.”

With several high-profile NBA players already declaring their intentions to play overseas, and others mulling their options, the only thing that wasn’t clear was whether or not there would be complications from FIBA.

This morning’s announcement eliminates that potential issue.

*** NOTE: FIBA says each club will decide whether or not they shall sign a waiver clearing them of any responsibility towards the player in case of injury or other reasons preventing a player from returning to the NBA and from fulfilling his obligations vis-à-vis his NBA team.


  1. MAYO says:

    Its a sport, entertainment – it should not be a profit-only business and i guess peeps in the States do not comprehend that. If all the players of NBA would transfer to Europe where the owners wouldnt care about money since they make it elsewhere, the game would benefit. No longer would you need 6 hour commercial breaks and advertising throughout the game. Every point would count and the players could start showing their real talent.

  2. michael says:

    i greatly favor the lockout. let the players go bankrupt because their overseas contracts can’t live up to their N. American style of living. the players are now beyond greedy, and should just strap on all the free-endorsement backed gear and get back to the office…err….i mean court, because it’s not as if they’ve actually ever worked since they were 17.

  3. Gary says:

    Get rid of the players who don’t want to play and hire/draft guys who are willing to play for the love of the game. Plenty of talented players on the streets.

  4. ryder says:

    istanbul is a beautiful city..kobe and d-will gonna like there.

  5. says:

    Hope they find some solution! We fans really need this game!

  6. adrixe says:

    hopefully if these players play overseas, they can still televise it here in in N. America!

  7. wdf says:


  8. NBA STARS says:

    NBA is a joke, this is a DISRESPECT to the millions of fans around the world!
    They should have given priority to this matter and solved it, however they haven’t had any true meetings yet.
    LAKERS should bring in Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, they are still 26, its a major trade for the future of the Lakers!
    Trade whoever needs to go in order to bring them in, KOBE is untouchable, he will retire as the greates SG in Laker History.

  9. loki says:

    istanbul waits for kobe & deron

  10. bob says:

    forget overseas

  11. Rich says:

    So these players would rather play overseas for a cheaper rate than agree to owner’s demand where they will still get payed a lot more compared to playing overseas ? OR MAYBE, these players are already sick of their very own union’s demand but they can’t do anything because they are still the minority. This just shows that players are not really united on their stance.