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Joe Alexander becomes the latest player who worked out with the Hawks during their pre-lockout free agent mini camp to announce that he is headed overseas to play next season. According to West Virginia Illustrated, Alexander is headed to BC Krasnye Krylya in Russia.
Alexander revived his career last season while playing for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League. He averaged 20.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game last season while earning a trip to the D-League's All-Star Game.
Prior to the lockout, he worked out with several NBA teams including the Hawks during their free agent mini-camp at the end of June. Players at the camp ranged from D-League standouts to undrafted free agents. Alexander reportedly emerged from the camp as a roster possibility at the power forward position for Atlanta but then the lockout came and you know the rest.
Alexander joins other players like David Lighty, Malcolm Thomas, and Jeremy Hazell to choose to make a little cash overseas in hopes of coming back to the NBA once the CBA is worked out. If the NBA finds a way to salvage at least a portion of a season this year, teams are going to find that their options for rounding out rosters are going to be severely limited given the mass exodus of players to Europe and other countries.