Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Stepping Foote in the Holy Land

Sport5 an Israeli media source reports that Jeff Foote will sign a multi-year contract with the club, Maccabi Tel Aviv. (Note: the source is in Hebrew. For non-Hebrew speakers, we suggest using Google translation.)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are we sure about this? Is this like that European Basketball site that said Wittman had signed with a Swiss club? So will he continue with all these workouts then?

Anonymous said...

I have seen several tweets today that say Jeff Foote is IN TALKS with Maccabi or that Maccabi is INTERESTED in Foote, and Maccabi fans posting on YouTube asking him to come to Maccabi. I wasn't under the impression that it was a done deal.

http://twitter.com/basketamericano/status/16323587007

http://twitter.com/TheHoopsMarket/status/16315476926

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

A lot of the substance is lost in translation and the franchise has not yet issued an official announcement.

Regardless, this is a great team. In fact, it is probably one of the top 25 best in the world (outside of the NBA).

Sounds like it is going to happen, and presume he can leave at anytime, so long as he does not play with a competitor (i.e. another Israeli team) during the contract term.

Seriously doubt this contract would preclude him from playing in the U.S.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

We should add that Maccabi's coach is a former Princeton player.

q'nis said...

Macabi has some solid former American collegiate players on its roster. D'or Fischer from WVU, Alan Anderson from MSU and David Blumenthal from USC.

Anonymous said...

As long as these kinds of pronouncements don't hurt his chances with US teams, is what I'm afraid of, if they think he has other plans.

Anonymous said...

As long as these kinds of pronouncements don't hurt his chances with US teams, is what I'm afraid of, if they think he has set plans already.

Anonymous said...

As someone who reads Hebrew fluently, the translation is horrible, but all the basic facts are there. Good luck to Foote!

cmcwo44 said...

Why wouldn't he go through all the NBA workout/draft/summer league processes before signing with a foreign league?

This certainly can't help him crack the NBA this season, which I would think would be his goal. Unless he has good information that NBA teams don't have much interest in him at this point in his development.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Pretty certain this contract has clauses allowing him to leave the Israeli league before the expiration of the contract term. In other words, pretty sure he can play in the NBA if he is drafted.

Anonymous said...

If Brian Delaney reads this, can he please ask Foote for specifics. Thnx.

Anonymous said...

macabbi tel aviv is a seriously legit club. Foote has an opportunity to make some big $$ and get major minutes. If this is true, big time congrats to Foote.

Anonymous said...

somebody please ask Eitan to translate for us...

Anonymous said...

I don't think this would preclude an NBA team from drafting Foote. They're likely to want him to play overseas and gain experience for a few years.

It's probably a lot better option than the D-league.