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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 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 9 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 9 1 0 0.900
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

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Teams Date Time
Loyola Marymount at
Stanford
12/17 58-67
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 38-86
DePaul at
Oregon State
12/18 8:00 pm
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 8:00 pm
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 9:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
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