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Thunder's Serge Ibaka might consider playing in Europe during lockout

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Published: July 3, 2011
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/articleid/3582670/1/pictures/1457390">Photo - OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER NBA BASKETBALL PLAYER / CHILD / CHILDREN / KIDS: Serge Ibaka answers questions for kids at the Thunder Youth Basketball Camp at the Santa Fe Family Life Center on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Photo by Zach Gray, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER NBA BASKETBALL PLAYER / CHILD / CHILDREN / KIDS: Serge Ibaka answers questions for kids at the Thunder Youth Basketball Camp at the Santa Fe Family Life Center on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Photo by Zach Gray, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

“In the event of an NBA work stoppage or players' strike, it would first have to be determined whether the players are still under a valid contract,” Wanninger said. “If this were the case, players cannot play elsewhere…If contracts are not valid any longer, they are free to transfer.”

The question is whether NBA players' contracts are considered valid during the lockout, when even players under contract are not receiving their salaries.

“I would rather play to stay in shape rather than stay idle,” Ibaka is quoted as saying. “We do not know how the lockout will go or the possibility for a player leaving the NBA to come to play here. But I would like an opportunity to play at a site where people like me. That would be nice, too.”


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