This NBA lockout has already broken new ground.
During the last lockout, players were seemingly limited in their ability to earn money while they could not play in the NBA. With the exception of players whose contracts were marginal, many top NBA players are looking to maintain some level of income by playing professionally overseas. With former NBA players having paved the way into Europe, Turkey and China, this option is much more attractive to current players.
The latest player who has mentioned the possibility of playing overseas is Dwight Howard, who said recently he would consider playing in China or Europe. Someone of Howard’s star power could make a significant amount of money playing in either of those places. It should be noted that the options available to Howard are not equal for all NBA players, but any current NBA player would have at least some options for playing elsewhere. Leagues around the world consider the talent level in the NBA to be the best, and jump at the chance to sign players with even a minor amount of NBA playing time.