NBA Lockout Breakdown: Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Chris Paul, and Dirk Nowitzki will land.

Who will take their talents overseas?

Last off-season Lebron James took his talents to south beach to join forces with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade in Miami. Many called it “disgraceful” “un-professional,” some even said that it was going to ruin his career. However what if more players took their talents to other teams, or now with the lockout maybe another league, or even another country? What would they say then? Would it be okay?

On Friday July 8th guard Deron Williams agreed on a one year deal of $5 million with the Besiktas a team in Turkey that Allen Iverson played for last year. Williams the first NBA player this off-season decided that it was the right move and the right fit for him. Williams deciding to go to Turkey now opens the door even more now for more NBA players to follow in his footsteps. So let’s break it down.

Where will Superman land?

Dwight Howard: While the Los Angles Lakers have been the destination that many have been saying that Superman will land, now due to the NBA Lockout it may not. Not only will it might not be Los Angles, but it may not even be an NBA team. As of right now it looks like Howard may be taking his talents to another country. “I’m not at liberty to talk about it,” Howard said to the associated press. “But there’s a huge possibility about me going to China or me going overseas to play basketball.” Well you heard it from the man himself it’s a huge possibility. “I don’t want to just sit over here and forget about basketball and waste, you know, opportunities for me to get better,” said Howard to the press.

Chances of Howard going overseas if there’s a lockout: 100 Percent. While money isn’t really a concern for Howard, playing time is and being as young and as talented as Howard is going overseas for a year during a lockout would be a great decision.

Where will Bryant go?

Kobe Bryant: While his name has come up in the talks before, Kobe Bryant has been the “player to get” to go overseas this off-season. Due to his high popularity that Bryant has generated worldwide in countries like China, teams have been talking with Bryant’s agent trying to make a deal for Bryant to go. Now while China has been the place Bryant has been rumored to go, the Besiktas who recently just signed Deron Williams said that they were looking to sign Bryant as well. The two parties Bryant and the Besiktas will meet in the first week of August to discuss terms about Bryant playing for them next season.

Chances of Bryant going overseas if there’s a lockout: 100 Percent. Age isn’t a concern. Even at 33 (Which he’ll be at the time of playing) Bryant hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down and with the competitive edge that Bryant has the odds of him taking a season off are slim to none.

Another concern that also stops players from going overseas is the new culture, the new language, and the different people that they would have to adjust to. In Bryant’s case who spent a good chunk of his childhood overseas in Italy due to his father Joe Bryant who played professionally overseas for seven sesasons already knows what its like to move from the United States to another country. Also with the great experience that his father had overseas I wouldn’t see why Bryant wouldn’t go and play.

Where will James go?

Lebron James: After the treacherous off-season that was marked by “The Decision” and the 4-2 loss in the NBA Finals to Dallas Mavericks, Lebron James is looking to make people forget and forgive. While an NBA Lockout doesn’t help the loved and hated superstar it does show light at the end of the tunnel. While a season without the NBA would force players to take a season “off” it could one lower the tensions that the fans have given James and two it could also help him get back their respect, by making the right decision. Take a year off or take his talents to east to the other side of the world and play basketball for a season there.

Chances of Lebron James going overseas if there’s a lockout: 50 Percent. Reason being he’s made the wrong decision before and who knows if he’ll do it again. Now if Kobe Bryant and other superstars do take their talents overseas James should do so as well. The question is, will he? The answer probably, that would be the best choice. Though I don’t know he’s shocked some people before, just ask Cleveland.

Where will Paul go?

Chris Paul: While Paul and other NBA stars are playing overseas in exhibition games this summer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that their going to play overseas if there’s a lockout. All their doing as of right now is having fun, staying in shape, and playing basketball. While it could persuade some of them at the end of the day it’s just good fun.

Chances of Chris Paul going overseas if there’s a lockout: 20 Percent. Now you would think at age 26 and as popular as Paul is that it would be a no brainer that he would go and play overseas, well your wrong. Now he’s not going to take a season off by no means, he’s just not going across the sea.

Hornets President Hugh Weber said that the franchise intends to eventually have a single-affiliation D-League team in Louisiana. Now while the NBA will have a lockout the D-League will not. The D-League will stop operate and pay the players just like it’s been doing for several years. Now you may think that the D-League won’t have enough competition for Paul and your right. Though, that won’t be the case because more players that don’t want to go overseas, will take their talents to the D-League and play. This will keep them in shape and in the United States still building the reputation of the NBA.

Where will Dirk go?

Dirk Nowitzki: Coming off of his first NBA Championship the Finals M.V.P. at age 33 could use some rest. However Nowitzki intends to play for Germany in the European Championships in Lithuania. Nowitzki born and from Germany many would think that in the case of a lockout would go over and play in Germany. However Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban who Nowitzki has a great relationship with doesn’t really approve of players who are under contract to go and compete overseas.

Chances of Dirk Nowitzki going overseas if there’s a lockout: 10 Percent. Now while you can’t count it out just yet, the chances of Nowitzki going overseas to play are very unlikely. Now while he won’t take a season off by any means as he’ll continue his routine workouts and that entire but at age 33 he might not play. Even though age isn’t the biggest factor for Nowitzki what is, is Mark Cuban. Cuban who doesn’t like players competing overseas while under contract is going to be a concern, while Nowitzki does occasionally compete for his team in the Olympics that may just be enough. Nowitzki who will most likely will play in the European Championships this summer will use that and then the workouts and come the 2012-13 season he’ll be good to go for his quest at another ring.

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Come back on Saturday and see where Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, and Kevin Durant will go if there’s a lockout.