Austin Daye Signs With Russian Team As NBA Hangs In Limbo

Pistons' forward Austin Daye isn't planning on the NBA lockout being resolved anytime soon. That's why he's headed to Mother Russia after signing with a team there:

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Daye's deal is for two months, ending in December, Daye can opt-out in case the NBA's collective bargaining situation is resolved quickly. Training camp would start the first week of October.

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Daye will leave this weekend to join his new Russian comrades as the NBA lockout inches ever closer to cutting into the league schedule. The Pistons are supposed to open the preseason Oct. 9 and are scheduled to open the regular season against Indiana on Nov. 2.

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Of the three impending lockouts that were looming over North America's sports leagues (the NFL's ended just in time to start the 2011 season, and NHL's collective bargaining agreement expires after this season) the NBA is widely believed to be the biggest danger of cutting into actual games missed. The owners and players are still far apart on the salary cap.

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