As we reported two days ago, San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green had tweeted that he was thinking about playing in Slovenia.
Well, it's official. The Spurs have just lost their first player under contract due to the NBA lockout. Green has announced via his Twitter page that he will be playing in Slovenia during the lockout.
ANOUNCEMENT: its official, I will b going overseas to play in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Wana thank all spurs fans for ur support for the few months I've been here,I will b bak wen lockout ends if organization wants me bak
I leave in a wk...if u got the # bbm fb etc...hit me up...till then keep me posted n let me kno wen this bafoonery ends lol
Crazy thing is (heels fans)...I get to play wit my bro @DeThompson9 again over there lol...we on the same team hahaha, gon b lot of fun
As Green told our own Jeff Garcia at the beginning of the month, he would only play overseas if he signed a contract that had an opt out clause to return to the NBA.
It seems Green will be playing with Euroleague club Union Olimpija in Slovenia. They are the team that his former Tar Heel teammate Deon Thompson recently signed with.
Green was set to make $884,293 thousand in the 2011-12' season with the Spurs. The problem was that his deal was a non-guaranteed contract. This meant he had to wait until after December to know whether or not he would stay a Spur.
Now with the lockout in full swing, Green still isn't getting a paycheck in the NBA and he will be making a good amount of cash in Slovenia. Once the lockout ends and Green returns to the NBA, it's unknown whether the Spurs will want to give him another chance.
Green leaves for Slovenia next Saturday.
Good for you Mr. Danny Green. Make the most of it and good luck. Really it's not easy to survive under the present economic conditions. So the spurs lost their only ncaa player with a championship ring. But don't worry too much. You stand 6'7" the favorite player height of the spurs and more than likely you will be re-signed after the lockout.