Sunday , Aug , 03 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Carlos Arroyo Signs Three-year Deal to Play in Israel

Carlos Arroyo Signs Three-year Deal to Play in IsraelAnd so it continues.  After getting no love from his Orlando Magic during the playoffs or, evidently, contract negotiations, Carlos Arroyo has decided to sign on the line for Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel-Aviv.  The deal stands to pay him $2.5 million next year, nearly all of which cash he’ll see since the club will likely pay his taxes.

Arroyo’s three-year deal includes the standard opt-out clause that will allow him to terminate the contract after either of his first two seasons in order to return to the NBA.  Maccabi, who beat the Toronto Raptors in an exhibition game prior to the start of the ’05-’06 season, were rumoured to be pursuing Miami free agent Jason Williams.  Instead, Arroyo will helm the point for them next year, strengthening what was already one of the most formidable squads in the Euroleague.

So, how many more will leave the NBA for "greener" pastures across the pond this summer?  Will the league respond or is this the beginning of a major trend?  Let us know what you think in the comment box below.