“The timeline for signing a basketball contract runs from May until after Christmas. When it will happen for you, depends on your situation and is circumstantial. Some players sign early in May, some players sign late in the summer, and others can sign a week or a day before they leave (typically in September) and some even sign after Christmas. Your worth in the market determines the demand and options.
If you happen to be a player who knows that you would like to play in a city, prefers somewhat of a social atmosphere and cannot deal with being in the middle of nowhere, those are the types of things that you should communicate to your agent. Knowing what you want or at least knowing what you do not want is a good way to begin and can help your agent filter out offers that you would not be interested in. These are things that you will learn about yourself as you experience them. You might be ready to go anywhere your first year, just to play basketball abroad, and then develop preferences as you go along. The key is not to give up on yourself if you happen to be in a place you do not like. You are learning and growing as a professional athlete with every team and country you go to.
If you are a rookie and it is July and you have not signed a contract to go overseas, that does not mean it is time to panic. It just means that the right offer is not on the table. Your agent should be communicating with you throughout the process of signing a contract in your rookie year. It can be a very stressful situation not knowing where you will play or what to expect, so if throughout the process you have questions, the best thing you can do is call your agent and have him/her educate you as to what is going on. I tell players in their rookie year to focus on getting ready for when that phone rings with a job offer. You must be prepared at all times. Not knowing is difficult, but being unprepared is even worse. As a rookie, you must trust that the agent you chose is doing the best he/she can to find you a job to play basketball abroad.”
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