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NBA player leaves for 2 yr deal in Italy

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by BetterThanEver, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. BetterThanEver

    BetterThanEver Contributing Member

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    http://www.oregonlive.com/nba/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/sports/1218779717240380.xml&coll=7

    Dickau signs deal with Italian team
    Friday, August 15, 2008
    GEOFFREY C. ARNOLD
    The Oregonian Staff

    Add Dan Dickau to the list of NBA players deciding to play in Europe.

    The former Prairie High School and Gonzaga guard signed a two-year deal Tuesday with Italian League team Avellino. Dickau joins Josh Childress, Earl Boykins and Carlos Delfino as players who have opted to play in Europe next season.

    "Things on the NBA front were going a little slow," Dickau said. "A number of European teams showed a lot of interest and I decided to look into it further."

    Dickau said a big factor in choosing Avellino is the team plays in Italy's top league. Also, this season and for the first time Avellino will join the Euroleague, which consists of top teams from 13 countries.

    "I talked to a lot of guys -- (fellow Gonzaga alumni) Matt Santangelo, Richie Frahm -- who have played over there and they all said Italy and Spain are the top leagues," said Dickau, who averaged 5.3 points and 2.6 assists with the Clippers last season. "Avellino had a really good year last season and I'm looking forward to playing."

    The two-year deal, which Dickau said pays him a salary comparable to his deal with the Los Angeles Clippers last season ($770,610), includes a clause allowing him to return to the NBA after the first year if he wants. The team will provide Dickau and his family a furnished apartment and use of a car.

    "It's a very good deal and something I'm very comfortable in accepting," Dickau said.

    Dickau said he will leave for Italy on Aug. 31, and expects his family to join him two weeks later.
     
  2. opticon

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    Now this kind of player going to Europe is no big deal.
     
  3. JusBleezy

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    He most likely wasn't going to be signed by an NBA team. Not surprised.
     
  4. tmacyaokobe01

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    I think Europe got more ripped than the NBA.
     
  5. bucket

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    TAKE THAT SAMFISHER
     
  6. Kim

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    I like how the club added a clause that allows Dickau to "return to the NBA" next season. :D
     
  7. StaticC4

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    Europe can Keep him for all the NBA cares..
     
  8. SuperBeeKay

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    The title should be NBDL player
     
  9. dntrwl

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    Oh **** guys, another great NBA player gone. How oh how will the NBA counter this loss of amazing prospects??
     
  10. 1onewonjuan

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    how distasteful. you have been reported. im kidding, but you have been reported for excessive humor
     
  11. Angkor Wat

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    By drafting 2 or 3 of the best international players next year.
     
  12. GuerillaBlack

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    Why do you make a thread title like this? To get more views?
     
  13. across110thstreet

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    the list keeps getting longer...
     
  14. baller4life315

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    You can sign undrafted players from any draft better than Dickau. See ya!
     
  15. yobod

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    Why don't you say the name of the player in the title.
    Stop trying to draw more viewers
     
  16. yobod

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    Probably, why doesn't he just make the title "??????"
     
  17. francis 4 prez

    francis 4 prez Contributing Member

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    because if he said dan dickau, no one would've known he was talking about an nba player.
     
  18. AstroRocket

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    Winner :D
     
  19. Man

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    yeah this isn't really a big deal.
    dan dickau, mike wilks, brevin knight (just naming guards of the same caliber)...if they can make an impact in europe, then it's a good opportunity for them.
     
  20. Carl Herrera

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    Why does the threa title say "NBA player" leaves for Italy, when the thread is about Dan Dickau?

    Dickau was simply the latest guy who is not quite good enough to get consistent NBA minutes to take his game to a lesser league.
     

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