Money. Exposure. Playing time. Comfort. Fame.
Year after year, NBA D-League athletes depart the minor league, opting to cash in on their existent success by taking a more lucrative contract overseas. As they develop and continue to improve, they knock on the door of The Association. But if that call never comes, playing international ball may be more appealing in the interim.
Even when taking this all into consideration, the fact of the matter is that sometimes, players already in the NBA could employ this strategy, nevertheless, as well.
Such appears to be the case for Toronto Raptors' guard Nando De Colo. According to Yahoo! Sports, the young gun will be departing The Association in favor of a deal with CSKA Moscow. According to a separate report at Raptors Republic, De Colo's reported pact will translate into approximately $4 million over a two year period.
By extending the qualifying offer his way, Toronto offered only nearly half that, at $1.8 million per year.
The Raptors have already re-signed Kyle Lowry and are currently negotiating to bring Greivis Vasquez back as well. Both floor generals are credible as arguable starting point guards in the league, seemingly making De Colo the odd man out in this situation.
A talented youngster full of potential and intrigue, De Colo was traded to the Raptors midseason. Previously, while on D-League assignment by the San Antonio Spurs, he stole the show while donning an Austin Toros' uniform. Through eight contests this past season, De Colo held minor league averages of 21.9 points, 6.5 boards, 5.4 assists, and 2.4 steals.