Most players are at least considering a job overseas as the possibility of the NBA seasons starting on time — or at all — grows increasingly unlikely. George Hill is no exception, according to his agent Michael Whitaker. (via Project Spurs)
“If a team with the appropriate budget – that’s an Euroleague or Eurocup team – is willing to give him an NBA out if and when the lockout ends, George will highly consider the offer,” Whitaker said. “If the NBA season is fully canceled, it will be more likely that George pursues an opportunity to play in Europe or China.
“We had a few Euroleague and Eurocup teams very interested and willing to grant him an NBA out, but at the time George was not ready to commit to such offers. If such an offer comes at this point, I believe George will be more willing to consider it and accept it.”
Since he is saying he will only sign a non-NBA deal if it includes an “out clause” to rejoin the Association when the lockout ends, this really doesn’t have much effect on his role with the Pacers.
The only concern would be an injury, but I always contend that playing in competitive games for which focus and preparation are high is no more risky than playing pick-up in the summer while trying to stay in shape. In fact, you could argue it’s an even safer option.