Arizona Basketball: Ex-Cat Lyons to play in France if NBA bid doesn't materialize

2013-07-12T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:17:11Z Arizona Basketball: Ex-Cat Lyons to play in France if NBA bid doesn't materializePatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

If Mark Lyons' long-shot NBA dream falls short this summer, he has a new home lined up.

The former Arizona Wildcats guard signed with Chorale Roanne, a team in Pro A, the premier league in France, his agent Chris Emens said Thursday.

Lyons signed a one-year deal with an opt-out clause if he is offered an NBA contract. He will play for the Toronto Raptors' NBA Summer League team starting Saturday in Las Vegas, but that's far from a guarantee that he'll make the team.

"You always want a contract to protect you against the unpredictable," he said. "This only makes sense to lock in a good job like this."

Emens said Chorale Roanne is in a "good league" with a "good coach," and that Lyons will play point guard.

"Safe money," he said.

The 24-year-old, who averaged 15.6 points per game in his only year at the UA, figures to make more than $100,000 in France. He will likely head to Chorale Roanne in August.

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