Thursday, August 7, 2008

Boykins Becomes Highest Paid Player In Italy

Earl Boykins Former Chartlotte Bobcat G Earl Boykins, signed with Italian Club Virtus for $3.5 million a year.  Easy Earl is yet another player leaving the NBA for the high priced salaries given overseas. 

Boykins' Cleveland-based agent, Mark Termini, announced Tuesday that Boykins has signed a one-year contract with Italy's Virtus Bologna. The deal, according to Termini, is worth more than $3.5 million for the 2008-09 season, which would make the 5-foot-5 guard Italy's highest-paid player.

Since free agency began July 1, Boykins is the ninth player who worked in the NBA last season to bypass the tight free-agent market for role players at home and head overseas. Yet he's just the third -- following Josh Childress and Carlos Arroyo -- who played almost exclusively in the NBA before considering interest from abroad.

According to Termini and co-agent Andy Bountogianis, Boykins' deal includes income from Bologna's sponsorship and marketing arms, which is not an option for NBA players because of salary-cap restrictions.

If this trend continues we really might see LeBron playing in Europe.  Stay tuned for a future post on LeBron and his talk about heading overseas.

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