Some players that have gone overseas managed to include an opt-out in their contract to come back to the NBA once the lockout's over (Jerome Jordan). Others don't seem have that built in (Wilson Chandler). Just saw that Joe Alexander, a player I was really interested in signing this year on the cheap (we actually had him in during that 2-day FA/big man camp pre-lockout where he impressed), signed a 1-yr deal with BC Krasyne Kaylya Samara in Russia and doesn't seem to have that opt-out clause built in.
My question is: does it really matter? For the amount of money that team probably gave Alexander, if and when the lockout's over, what prevents him from just leaving whatever salary this Russian team gave him on the table and coming back to the States to play in the NBA if there were an interested team? Why couldn't he just walk away from that Russian contract? Now Chandler might be a different story -- he most likely got more money to go play in China than Alexander got to go play in Russia. But technically, he could walk away from his deal if he wanted to also, no? Just like anyone, contract or no contract, can up and leave their job if they suddenly got a more appealing opportunity elsewhere, right? What's the chance that some of these players that signed deals w/o that clause up and walk away from them to return to the NBA once play resumes? I'm just a little concerned about this diminishing pool of available players once the lockout's over --- we're gonna need a couple of good players on the cheap to round out this roster. I'd still want the Knicks to reach out to some of these guys who went to go play overseas regardless if they have built in opt-outs in their contracts..Is that possible?