Earl Boykins will play for Italy’s Virtus Bologna this coming season, becoming Italy’s highest paid player with a $3.5 million deal.
Since free agency began on July 1st, Boykins is the ninth player who played in the NBA last season to sign overseas. Other familiar names to relocate to Europe this offseason are Atlanta’s Josh Childress and Orlando’s Carlos Arroyo – himself another former Nuggets player.
Boykins had a breakout season offensively in 2006-2007, averaging nearly 15 ppg in Denver and Milwaukee,Â when he was traded towards the end of that season. Earl opted out of his contract the next season, but a tight free agency market caused him to sit out the majority of the next season, until he finally signed with Charlotte in late January. He played in 36 games for the Bobcats, but averaged just over 5 ppg and shot just .355 from the floor.
I personally wish Earl luck in Italy – hope you have a healthy and successful season there!