Shooting guard/small forward Gilbert Brown has signed with the German team, s.Oliver Wurzburg, which was recently moved into the Bundesliga (BBL), the nation’s top basketball league.
But the 6-foot-6, 210-pound Brown may never actually play in Europe.
He said today that he won’t leave for Germany until August, and that depends on the status of the NBA lockout. The BBL season runs from October to April.
“If the lockout ends early, I probably won’t even go,” he said. “It’s basically an insurance policy so I’m not waiting around for the lockout to end.”
Brown said he has a release clause in his contract that will allow him to return to the U.S. after the lockout ends without any penalty.
Brown, who went undrafted last month, worked out with the Boston Celtics last week and said the storied NBA team remains interested in him.
“They want me to be there and come into training camp and compete,” he said. “They treated me like I was a draft pick. I was learning the plays and going over the offense. I learned a lot. The most important part is I picked up the defense really quick.”
In the meantime, Brown will be coming Pittsburgh early this week to continue his off-season conditioning.