Former Texas standout and current Indiana point guard T.J. Ford said he’s giving careful consideration to playing in Europe if there is an NBA lockout next season.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Ford is if he can’t play in the NBA.
“It’s something I definitely thought about and I wouldn’t rule it out, but I’m at a point in my career where I still want to play in the NBA,” said Ford, one of five unrestricted free agents on the Pacers’ roster. “It would take a lot for me to go over there and play. I’m hoping nobody has to cross that bridge and things get resolved because the interest in the NBA is at a great level.”
The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement expires June 30, and most observers believe there’s a strong possibility the league is headed for its first lockout in 13 years after that date.
Ford averaged a career-low 5.4 points per game in 41 games for the Pacers this season. But he could still find some work in Europe if he’s willing to leave the United States.
And he probably won’t be the only American player to play in Europe if they are locked out of the NBA.