Pitt guard Gilbert Brown has signed with German team S. Oliver Wurzburg of the Bundesliga (BBL), the nation's top basketball league.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Brown said he won't leave for Europe until August, and that depends on the status of the NBA lockout.
"If the lockout ends early, I probably won't even go," he said. "It's basically an insurance policy so I'm not waiting around for the lockout to end."
Brown, who said a clause in his contract allows him to leave Germany after the lockout ends without penalty, worked out with the Boston Celtics last week.
Brown went undrafted, but had been told by the Celitcs that it basically came down to a flip of the coin between him and E'Twaun Moore when the #55 pick came up.
That's one hell of a deal for Brown, who gets to hang out, work out on his own, and then have a cushion to pay him some money if the lockout starts to eat at the preseason. THEN, if he goes there and the lockout ends a week later, he can leave without penalty.
Slick negotiating. That's a lot of exceptions for a team to make for a player. Since the lockout doesn't really begin until players start missing checks (they don't start getting paid until November) it will be interesting to see what happens when these guys find money elsewhere.
In our only other link for the Dump, Chris Forsberg wonders if a shortened season is actually good for the C's.