Andrew Goudelock won't go overseas without opt-out clause [Video]
Despite fielding eight official offers to play for various teams overseas for a six-figure salary, Lakers rookie guard Andrew Goudelock won't accept any offer that doesn't have an opt-out clause, his agent, Austin Walton, said Sunday evening in a phone interview.
"Those are the only ones we’d consider," said Walton, who represents Goudelock through Walton Sports Management Group.
An opt-out clause would allow Goudelock to return to the NBA should the current lockout stop in time for a full or shortened 2011-12 season. Walton said three of those offers had opt-out clauses, including from CB Lucentum Alicante of the Spanish professional basketball league Liga ACB [link in Spanish] and from the Skyliners Frankfurt of Germany's Basketball Bundesliga [link in German], which recently signed Milwaukee Bucks second-round pick Jon Leur.
But even that provision won't guarantee Goudelock will play overseas, considering Walton's revelation that Goudelock remains more consumed with finishing his sociology degree at the College of Charleston first.
"Drew’s focus is training," Walton said, "becoming the best player he can be and finishing his degree."
Per FIBA rules, NBA players under contract can play in overseas leagues as long as they return to the NBA once the lockout ends. But that doesn't apply to Goudelock because the Lakers haven't signed him after selecting him with the 46th pick of the NBA draft. Although Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak didn't commit to keeping him after the draft, Goudelock's 40.7% mark from three-point range in his senior season suggests he could bolster the Lakers' 35.2% average from last season.
Signing to a team without an opt-out clause -- much like former Lakers reserve Trey Johnson did this month with Teramo Basket of the Italian League -- would prevent Goudelock from joining the Lakers or any other NBA team should at least part of the upcoming season be played.
"At this point, we haven’t made a decision," Walton said. "We haven't ruled out [playing overseas]."
-- Mark Medina
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