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NBA players get clearance from FIBA to play overseas during lockout

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    Jun 9, 2011
    If the NBA lockout lingers into the regular season, players looking for that European getaway received the OK today from FIBA. Basketball's international governing body announced in a statement on its website that it would approve players signing with teams overseas even if they are under NBA contract.
    However, once the lockout ends, the players must return to their NBA teams. Players must sign a letter stating that they will return to the league once the lockout is over before FIBA would clear them.
    FIBA did state that players will do so at their "own risk," especially in regards to injury.
    "“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,” said FIBA Secretary General and IOC member, Patrick Baumann.
    Additionally, NBA players will be able to play for their national teams while the lockout is ongoing. The Eurobasket tournament will begin Aug. 31, while the FIBA Americas tournament starts Aug. 30.
    The statement made no mention of FIBA or the NBA providing insurance for players going abroad, which had been an issue of contention between the organization and NBA commissioner David Stern. It will be up to the clubs to decide if they would sign a waiver that clears them of responsibility towards NBA teams if the player gets injured and it effects his NBA obligations.
    Nets point guard Deron Williams has been the most notable NBA player to sign a contract to play abroad if there is no NBA season, agreeing to a contract with Beskitas of Turkey. Williams' contract allows him to return to the NBA once the lockout ends and the regular season begins.
    Former Nets guard Sasha Vujacic also signed to play in Turkey, agreeing to a one-year deal with Anadolu Efes.

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