Friday, August 5, 2011
Jon Leuer signs with Skyliners Frankfurt
By Marc Stein
Milwaukee Bucks second-round pick Jon Leuer, selected 40th overall in the June draft from the Wisconsin Badgers, has signed a contract to play with Skyliners Frankfurt in Germany, according to his agent.
Agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.com on Friday that the deal includes an opt-out clause that will allow Leuer to make an immediate return to the NBA when the lockout ends.
Many foreign teams are insisting that players who don't have existing contracts sign deals that commit them to stay abroad for the entire season. But Leuer is the second Bartelstein client to secure the opt-out provision, joining Boston Celtics second-rounder E'Twaun Moore, who recently signed a deal with Benetton Treviso in Italy.
"We are tremendously appreciative of the Frankfurt management giving Jon the opportunity to be able to play for a top team and still pursue his dream of playing in the NBA if and when the lockout ends," Bartelstein said.
Leuer is a 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward -- thanks to a 10-inch growth spurt before his senior of high school -- and spent four seasons at Wisconsin before being drafted by his hometown Bucks. As a senior, Leuer averaged 18.3 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Badgers.
Marc Stein is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.