In another surprising turn of events (read the sarcasm between the lines), Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer will travel across the waters and play professional basketball in a foreign country. Boozer, who averaged 17.5 ppg and 9.6 rpg during the 2010 – 2011 NBA season, based his decision on the current NBA Lockout that has prevented NBA athletes to participate in organized workouts or practices with their respective franchises.
Boozer joins a handful of NBA players that are considering playing overseas or have already signed contracts. Recently, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been in negotiations with a Turkish franchise about a short stint overseas if the NBA Lockout continues.
Let’s be honest, professional basketball players want to be paid for playing the game they love. If franchises are willing to pay, be smart, take the money.