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Players playing overseas


How do you think that players signing overseas affects the negotiations for the new CBA, if at all?

Several players are inking contracts overseas, but at a significant lower pay then what they would make in the NBA.  As example, Deron Williams has signed w/ Turkey for 3 million a year vs the 16 million he would have made in the NBA this year.

I know that the Union feels that if its members can find employment elsewhere, that will relieve some of the financial pressure some of the players may start to feel when they paychecks from the NBA stop coming in.  IMO though, I think this may backfire.

Take Deron Williams as an example.  In a normal marketplace, it would seem that the NBA has overpaid for his services by about 13 million vs the going rate on the open market.  The players union will argue that his name and skills brings in more the 16 million to the NBA, and that he deserves that chunk of that revenue.  The owners will argue that the market has set the rate of his skills at 3 million, but that playing for the NBA is what multiplies his value 5 times the going market value. 

I think that players playing overseas will lower the perceived value of NBA players

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