Italy Leads Globe In Deals For Ex-NBA Players

There's no shortage of free agent movement worldwide, as our constantly updated International Player Movement Tracker shows. Some of the most intriguing signings involve players who have NBA experience. Many ex-NBA types wind up in Spain, where the ACB league is widely considered the best professional circuit outside of the Association. China, too, is an increasingly popular destination, especially since its season ends early, giving players a chance to jump back to the NBA for the stretch run.

Neither of those two countries boasts the greatest number of ex-NBA players who've agreed to deals with overseas teams this summer. Italy has that honor, boasting 20 players with NBA experience who'll be joining teams in that country this year, including Kim English and Samardo Samuels, who saw NBA action as recently as this past season. Russia is next on the list, with the likes of Luke Babbitt, Mickael Gelabale, Andrew Goudelock and Jeremy Pargo. Some of the guys whose names appear below have limited NBA resumes, and a few only appeared in a single NBA game. Still, they represent the growing global connection between the NBA and leagues around the world.

This list doesn't include players who will be playing overseas on existing deals, and not all agreements are final. China, in particular, figures to see more NBA players migrate its way in the weeks ahead because of its convenient schedule, and many training camp invitees who fail to make NBA opening-night rosters will probably end up playing international ball. Those caveats aside, here's each country with pro teams that have combined for at least three new deals with former NBA players this offseason: 

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