Magnum to play in South Korea
By Andrew Coakley
FN Acting News Editor
Grand Bahamian professional basketball player, Magnum Rolle may have to wait a while before he can actually step onto the hardwood floor of the NBA and play with the Atlanta Hawks because of a lockout, however, the newly turned NBA player is not resting on his laurels and waiting for things to change.
Earlier this month, Magnum signed a deal to play overseas, while the NBA lockout continues.
Magnum signed with LG Sakers, a team from South Korea.
According to sources, Rolle's deal was in the amount of $973,000.
It was the least amount dished out for NBA players who have decided to play abroad until the lockout has been resolved.
The amount was based on the fact that Magnum is still a rookie with the Atlanta Hawks and has never really played with the team.
Other players who have signed deals to play abroad include:
* Deron Williams ($16.3 million, Nets; Turkey)
* Nicolas Batum ($2.1 million, Blazers; France)
* Jordan Farmar ($4 million, Nets; Israel)
* David Andersen ($2.7 million, Hornets; Italy)
* Magnum Rolle ($973,-000, Hawks; South Korea)
* Timofey Mozgov ($3.3 million, Nuggets; Russia)
* Ersan Ilyasova ($2.5 million, Bucks; Turkey)
* Trevor Booker, ($1.2 million, Wizards; Israel.)
Initially, it was believed that more of the noted named NBA players would have signed deals to play abroad while the lockout was in full effect.
However, reports suggest that the top-named players were asking for much more money than many of the overseas franchises were willing to pay.
Magnum was among eight under-contract NBA players who recently made deals with professional basketball teams overseas.
LG Sakers have officially signed Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech) earlier this month.
The Bahamian player will fill in an important player spot on the team's roster.
Magnum Rolle spent last season in D-League. He averaged 14.1 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks per game for the Maine Red Claws.
USBasket.com named the centre into D-League All-Imports Team. Magnum Rollegraduated from the Louisiana Tech University in 2010.
His stats read 13.9 points, 8.4 boards and 2.1 blocks per game in the senior college season.
He was named into NABC Division I All-District 6 2nd Team.
The centre also got into All-Louisiana 2nd Team. Atlanta Hawks invited Magnum Rolle into their training camp and he eventually signed a deal with the NBA team, but because of the lockout the player has opted to continue his career in South Korea.
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