Thursday, July 24, 2008

Drawing hoops talent across the pond

This is fairly interesting. European basketball teams have allured NBA starters with increasing success by offering them big salaries:
For some time, it has been evident that the NBA is increasingly in competition with Europe for the world's best basketball talent. The issue became impossible to ignore Monday, when ESPN.com reported free agent forward Bostjan Nachbar decided to sign with Russian club Dynamo Moscow for a contract worth $14.3 million over the next years. Even more intriguing, Yahoo.com had a report indicating Atlanta Hawks restricted free agent Josh Childress is mulling a three-year, $20 million offer from Olympiakos of Greece. Wednesday, Childress signed with Olympiakos.

Here's the whole article from Basketball Prospectus. I wonder if the NBA is ever going to open a European division given the widespread appeal of the game there.