In the past few days, it has been widely reported that Milwaukee Bucks point guard Keyon Dooling was close to signing a contract with the Turkish team Anadolu Efes from the Euroleague. The move was widely questioned, given that Dooling also serves as the First Vice President of the National Basketball Players’ Association (NBPA). During the NBA’s lockout of the players, the idea of having the second-in-command of your labor organization travel 6,000 miles to take up a new job did not summon images of a unified front.
Today, however, that news has changed. NBA TV Turkey play-by-play announcer Ismail Senol reports that Anadolu Efes has decided to sign Patty Mills to be their point guard. He also notes that this move indicates they are signing Mills instead of Dooling.
Mills played most recently in the NBA for Portland and he has committed to playing with his native Australia in the this summer’s FIBA Oceania tourney.
Now there are all manner of question marks surrounding Dooling and his professional career. Will he retain his spot in the upper ranks of the NBPA? If he has lost his job in Milwaukee’s back court, then where will he play next season?