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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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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 8 1 0 0.889 20 2 0 0.909
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 3 0 0.667 15 6 0 0.714
Oregon 5 4 0 0.556 15 7 0 0.682
Oregon State 5 4 0 0.556 13 7 0 0.650
UCLA 5 4 0 0.556 13 9 0 0.591
Washington State 4 5 0 0.444 10 11 0 0.476
Colorado 4 5 0 0.444 11 9 0 0.550
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 6 0 0.333 12 11 0 0.522
California 2 6 0 0.250 12 9 0 0.571
USC 1 7 0 0.125 9 11 0 0.450

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Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 88-89
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 59-72
Utah at
USC
2/1 59-72
California at
Washington
2/1 59-72
Washington at
Oregon
2/4 7:00 pm
UCLA at
Stanford
2/5 7:00 pm
Washington State at
Oregon State
2/5 8:00 pm
USC at
California
2/5 9:00 pm
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