Deshaun Thomas agreed to a contract to play for a team in Paris, France.
Thomas was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 58th overall pick in the June draft.
Thomas made the decision to play overseas, rather than shoot for the Spurs’ final roster spot, for financial reasons.
“In this business, you have to think about family (Thomas has a 17-month-old son),” he said. “I still could have gone to (training camp) and tried to make the roster, but with my son and a family to provide for, I had to look at that. And developing a year ain’t going to hurt.
“It was kind of tough, because I wanted to make the roster. But if training camp didn’t go well, I’d be in the (NBA Development) League, and that (pays) like a part-time job.”