Even though there is no league to go too it appears one NBA player is heading back to the states, not by choice though. Russian club BC Khimki has decided they won’t be renewing the contract of Detroit Pistons forward Austin Daye.
“Viktor Bychkov, general director of BC Khimki, said the club will not renew the agreement with their American small forward Austin Daye. The 23-year-old player of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons had signed a two-month contract, which now expired. ‘The club will not renew the agreement with Austin Daye. The position of our club is to consider seriously players from the NBA, if we are sure the player can sign a contract until the end of the season, not until the end of the lockout,’ Bychkov said as quoted by RIA Novosti.” (via Slam)
The club made the decision for a pretty good reason. Much like the teams in China they want players who are going to stick around for the entire season, not leave as soon as the NBA lockout ends. It’s a novel idea since BC Khimki is a pretty damn good team, so they want guys who can perform and stick around.
You notice I said perform? Daye never made much of an impact for the team, while other NBA players like Timofey Mozgov and Chris Quinn have. So my thinking is the team just decided to cut ties with a guy who wasn’t going to see much action.
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