If NBA players and owners fail to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement, many superstars, including Thunder forward Kevin Durant, have spoken about the possibility of playing overseas.
That may not be necessary.
The independent Premier Basketball League, which has four teams, conducted an online lockout draft over the past week, allowing fans to “draft” their favorite NBA stars onto PBL teams, which will send contract offers to the top-10 vote getters.
Durant was the No. 5 vote-getter, with PBL fans selecting him to play on the Scranton/Wilkes Barre team, which is beginning operations in 2012. Clippers forward and former Oklahoma star Blake Griffin came in ninth, going to the Chicago Muscle.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was the top vote-getter, with fans selecting him for the Rochester RazorSharks.