Here is an attempt to catch you up to speed on what has happened this summer. Yes, a lot of players are going overseas with an opt-out clause, but you’ll notice that most of them aren’t exactly household names. Deron Williams is an exception at this point, but has an opt-out clause, while Wilson Chandler is the biggest name to sign in China, where there are no opt-outs. Is it a gamble by Chandler? Yes, especially if the sudden influx of positive vibes about the lockout ending fairly soon carry any water.
My buddy Mike McCollow, a former Raptors’ assistant who Wolves fans will recognize from his current gig as a television analyst, has been telling me for weeks that he thought the lockout would end relatively soon. While I still have my doubts, columns on Tuesday from Chris Sheridan and Ken Berger reiterated what McCollow has been saying.
I still think the owners are content to eat the entire season and would not be surprised if there are no games this year. But the fact several guys in the know are saying the chances of this thing ending sometime before it’s too late is at least giving all of us some hope for a fantasy season this year.
Some guys are going back to school, some are working on free throws, some are playing in exhibitions or Olympic qualifiers, and some are simply trying to stay out of jail. While I’d like to tell you that I’m certain I’ve included every guy who has made some sort of decision or news this summer, I’m pretty sure the opposite is true. In fact, if you notice someone missing, or incorrect information, feel free to drop me a line and let me know so I can correct our database. In any case, here are 100-something news items you may have missed.
And don’t let the teams fool you. Javaris Crittenton, for example, is not with the Bobcats, but that was the last team he played for, so it’s where I listed him.
Josh Powell - Signed with Liaoning in China, so he has no opt-out.
Pape Sy – The French citizen will play in…France.
Magnum Rolle - Will play in South Korea.
Keith Benson - Will play in Italy with a buyout clause if the lockout ends.
Hilton Armstrong - Will play with ASVEL in France.
Zaza Pachulia – Recently suffered a leg injury in Eurobasket, out a month.
Josh Smith – Will be subject of trade talks after lockout.
Delonte West – Wants to work at Home Depot (apparently).
Stephane Lasme – Will play for Obradoiro CAB in Spain.
Tony Gaffney – Will play in Germany for Telekom Baskets Bonn.
Von Wafer – Will play in Italy with Venoli Cremona.
Rajon Rondo – Rehabbing elbow in hopes of getting healthy.
Kevin Garnett – Says he’d like to finish career with Celtics.
E'Twaun Moore - Signed with Benetton Treviso in Italy.
Corey Maggette – In talks with a team in Greece.
Javaris Crittenton – Sadly facing murder allegations in Atlanta.
Derek Anderson – Linked to a cocaine ring, but no charges as of now.
Garrett Temple – Has signed with Italian team Casale.
Kemba Walker – Will play in Jimmer Fredette’s rookie exhibition games.
Omer Asik - Playing well for Turkey in Eurobasket.
Luol Deng – Leading Britain’s Eurobasket team.
Rasual Butler - Signed with CB Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.
Carlos Boozer – Plans on playing overseas, but no deals as of now.
Joakim Noah – Playing for France in Eurobasket.
Derrick Rose – Playing exhibitions, including on in the Philippines.
Kyrie Irving – Going back to Duke to get his degree.
Tristan Thompson – Going back to Texas for more classes.
Omri Casspi – Dealing with knee injury, out of Eurobasket.
Anderson Varejao – Recovering from ankle surgery in Brazil.
Alonzo Gee – Signed with Poland’s Asseco Prokom.
Cedric Jackson – Signed to play with New Zealand Breakers.
Jawad Williams – Plans on playing in Paris.
Dirk Nowitzki – Playing for Germany in Eurobasket.
Corey Brewer – In talks with teams in Spanish ACB league.
Rudy Fernandez – Agreed to four-year deal with Real Madrid.
Peja Stojakovic – Weighing offer from Greek team PAOK.
Timofey Mozgov – Playing well in Eurobasket, then will play in Russian league.
Nene – The free agent is expected to be pursued by the Heat and others.
Danilo Gallinari – Playing for Italy in Eurobasket, could sign with Italian team.
Wilson Chandler – Signed with China’s Zhejiang Guangsha, won’t play in NBA this year.
Ty Lawson – Signed with Lithuania’s Zalgiris with buyout clause.
Charlie Villanueva – Struggling for Dominican team in FIBAs, fantasy hopes dwindling.
Kyle Singler – Will play for Alicante in Spanish ACB.
Tracy McGrady – Last we heard, looking at teams in China.
Tayshaun Prince – Pitching some, if you want to call it that (at 3:00 minute mark).
Stephen Curry – Will return to Davidson to continue his education.
Mark Jackson – New Warriors coach linked to vaguely linked to marijuana ring, no charges.
Reggie Williams – Signed with team in Spanish ACB league.
Andris Biedrins – May play in Turkey, but no deal yet.
Jermareo Davidson – Signed with Germany’s Skyliners Frankfurt.
Acie Law – Signed with Serbia’s Partizan Belgrade.
Jeff Adrien – Expected to play in Italy.
Chandler Parsons – 38th pick in draft signed with team in France, with opt-out.
Yao Ming – Officially retired in July.
George Hill – Expected to play one game for the ABA’s Texas Fuel.
Danny Granger – Has said he has no interest in playing overseas - But he also had a very cool interaction with my buddy Janet Weiss recently, and she is hell bent on drafting him. Come on, lockout - end.
Blake Griffin – Interested in putting together a team of Clipper players for Impact league.
Pau Gasol – Played well in Eurobasket before ankle injury (day-to-day).
Ron Artest – AKA Metta World Peace will be dancing on your TV.
Kobe Bryant – Could show up in a Drew League game or China at some point.
Luke Walton – Will be an assistant at Memphis.
Andrew Bynum – Reportedly has cut down body fat by boxing.
Derek Fisher – In the middle of negotiations with the owners.
Mickael Gelabale – Signed with Belgian team Spirou Charleori.
Matt Barnes – Actually managed to get suspended from a Pro-Am league.
Trey Johnson – Signed with Italian team Teramo Basket.
Zach Randolph – Hired weed dealer for a party, who then was beaten with pool cues.
Rudy Gay – Cleared to start shooting after shoulder surgery.
Marc Gasol – Playing in Eurobasket, but will not reportedly play for Barcelona during lockout.
Hamed Haddadi – Sounds like he could end up playing in China.
Shane Battier – Could be headed to the Heat after lockout ends.
LeBron James – Played in exhibition with Melo, Chris Paul and Durant.
Jarvis Varnado – 41st pick signed with Pistoia Basket of Italian League.
Chris Douglas-Roberts – Considering offer from Italy’s Virtus Bologna.
Carlos Delfino – Turned down offer from Virtus Bologna.
Ersan Ilyasova – Sounds like he’ll play in Turkey, as of now.
Andrew Bogut – Considering joining an Australian League team, still rehabbing elbow.
Stephen Jackson – Sounds like he could end up in France.
Michael Redd – Hoping to sign with Eastern Conference team after lockout.
Jon Leuer – Headed to Germany with opt-out for Frankfurt Skyliners.
Darrington Hobson – Rehabbing from a pair of hip injuries.
Brandon Jennings – Working for Under Armour, getting in shape with martial arts, calling out LeBron on Twitter.
Beno Udrih – No plans to play overseas.
Ricky Rubio – Struggling badly (again) in Eurobasket for Spain.
Michael Beasley – Suffered wrist injury, but it’s not broken, as originally reported.
Kevin Love – Playing some volleyball, still waiting to find out who his coach will be (Sam Mitchell and Rick Adelman seem to be the favorites).
Nikola Pekovic – Agreed to one-year deal with Serbia’s Partizan Belgrade.
Anthony Randolph – Taking classes at LSU, considering joining a fraternity - seriously.
Deron Williams – On his way to Turkey to play for Besiktas, wrist still not 100%.
Kris Humphries – Married a Kardashian, look for him on E! and TMZ.
Sean Williams – Will reportedly play for Israel’s Maccabi Haifa.
Dan Gadzuric – Playing for Dutch national team in Eurobasket.
Jordan Farmar – Has agreed to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv during lockout.
Mario West – Will play for Italy’s Tezenis Verona.
Sasha Vujacic – Reportedly will play in Turkey for Anadolu Efes Istanbul.
D.J. Strawberry – Will play for Hapoel Jerusalem this season.
D.J. Mbenga – Was cut from Belgian national team.
Joe Alexander – Will play in Russia with no opt-out.
Marco Belinelli – Sounds likely to play in Italy.
David West – Recovering from knee surgery, says he’ll be ready.
Chris Paul – Has been playing exhibitions with Carmelo Anthony’s team.
Carl Landry – Free agent, could end up in Portland or Indy.
Chauncey Billups – Will play in the Impact League (see below).
Carmelo Anthony – Has played in some exhibitions so far.
Amare Stoudemire – Dealing with sore back, shut down until October.
Ronny Turiaf – Broke left hand warming up for Eurobasket.
Roger Mason – Expected to play for Hapoel Jerusalem during lockout.
Jerome Jordan – Has agreed to play in Slovenia for Krka Basketball Club.
B.J. Mullens – Has signed with Panionios in Greece.
Kevin Durant – Has been putting on clinics in exhibitions this summer.
Kendrick Perkins – Pleaded not guilty to public intoxication/assault charges.
Serge Ibaka – Has been playing for Spain in Eurobasket, says he’ll be an all-star soon.
Nate Robinson – Would like to play in the NFL. Don’t hold your breath.
Hedo Turkoglu – Weighing offers from Turkey and Spain, playing Eurobasket for Turkey.
Dwight Howard – Hired free throw coach. Could be a big deal if it works.
Justin Harper – Signed with SIG Strasbourg in France.
Earl Clark – Heading to China with no opt-out clause.
Gilbert Arenas – Fighting on Twitter, using controversial avatars.
Quentin Richardson – Rehabbing from another back surgery. End is near.
J.J. Redick – Recovering from abdominal surgery.
Jason Richardson – Unrestricted FA, hoping to sign long-term deal.
Craig Brackins – Signed with Israel’s Maccabi Ashdod.
Nikola Vucevic – Rookie signed with KK Buducnost Podgorica for duration of lockout.
Andres Nocioni – Likely to end up in Europe during lockout.
Andre Iguodala – Has no interest in playing overseas.
Allen Iverson – Talking like he wants to return to NBA. Don’t hold your breath.
Evan Turner – Working with shot doctor Herb Magee, who wasn’t initially impressed.
Marcin Gortat – Sat out Eurobasket due to insurance. Should be fantasy stud.
Markieff Morris – Could play in Greece during lockout.
Mickael Pietrus – Recovering well from knee surgery.
Steve Nash – Suns don’t appear to be looking to trade him, could easily play overseas.
Vince Carter – Has no interest in Europe, could probably use the rest.
Nicolas Batum – Been tearing it up for France in Eurobasket, likely to play there during lockout.
Patrick Mills – Likely to end up playing in Australia for Melbourne Tigers.
Wesley Matthews – Still dealing with sore ankle, could end up overseas.
Jon Diebler – Rookie signed with Greece’s Panionios ON Telecoms Athens.
Brandon Roy – Reporting knees are in good shape, but still very risky fantasy player.
Francisco Garcia – Struggled early in FIBA Americas, but getting better.
Marcus Thornton – Appears to be considering offers from overseas.
Jimmer Fredette – Organizing two rookie exhibition games.
Tyler Honeycutt – Rookie will play in Jimmer’s exhibitions.
Tyreke Evans – Has worked on jumper, hoping foot problems are history.
DeMarcus Cousins – Could end up in Europe, no deal yet.
Pooh Jeter – Signed with Spain’s Joventut Badalona.
Tony Parker – Suffered thigh injury in Eurobasket for France. No word of severity.
Manu Ginobili – Playing well for Argentina in FIBA Americas.
DeJuan Blair – Signed with Russian team Krasnye Krylya, with opt-out clause.
Danny Green – Will play in Slovenia for duration of lockout.
Cory Joseph – Played for Team Canada in FIBA Americas.
Chris Quinn – The free agent signed with BC Khimki of Russia.
Tiago Splitter – Playing for Brazil in Eurobasket.
Kawhi Leonard – Will play in Jimmer’s rookie games.
Andrea Bargnani – Had 26 points & 11 boards on Monday in Eurobasket for Italy.
Jonas Valanciunas – Scored 13 points for Lithuania in Eurobasket on Sunday.
Alexis Ajinca – Close to signing with team in Spain for lockout.
Rasho Nesterovic – Informally retired due to age and injuries.
Leandro Barbosa – Will play with Flamengo in Brazil during lockout.
Patrick O’Bryant – Will play in Greece for Kavala during lockout.
Andrei Kirilenko – Playing well for Russia in Eurobasket, but can he stay healthy?
Enes Kanter – Playing well for Turkey with 19 points on Sunday.
Mehmet Okur – Talking to Turkish club Fenerbahce Istanbul about a contract.
Kyrylo Fesenko – Close to signing with Dnipro of the Ukraine.
Kyle Weaver – Reportedly will play in Germany during lockout.
John Wall – Should be fully healthy, ready to dominate when NBA returns.
Nick Young – Mad at not winning MVP of Drew League, but looked good.
Trevor Booker – Agreed to sign with Bnei HaSharon of Israel.
JaVale McGee – Played well in July exhibition in Philippines, planking.
Kevin Seraphin – Likely will play in France during lockout.
Mustafa Shakur – Signed with Pau-Orthez of the French League.
Chauncey Billups is among more than 40 players who will participate in the "Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series" over the next two weeks. The organizers of the event are shying away from calling it a 'league' for legal reasons, but it has been informally dubbed the "Lockout League." Other NBA players planning on joining the fun include John Wall, Jermaine O'Neal, Stephen Jackson, Zach Randolph, Mo Williams, and possibly Blake Griffin. Another two-week series will be scheduled for October, assuming the lockout hasn't been resolved. And if Jermaine O’Neal makes it through both of them, I’ll be shocked.
I’ve recently seen Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr, went to Bonarroo, My Morning Jacket, Guster, and am set to see Explosions In The Sky, Wild Flag, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and Sebadoh (again) in the near future. Hope your summer is going well!