Former Florida assist record holder Nick Calathes will leave for Greece on Saturday to begin his career overseas.
Calathes had tried to work out an arrangement to play summer league with the Dallas Mavericks in Las Vegas, but it fell through at the last minute. Dallas acquired Calathes’ rights after the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted the All-SEC first team point guard in the second round of last month’s NBA draft.
Instead, Calathes will play in international competition with the Greek national team through August. He’ll then begin his pro career with reigning Euroleague Basketball champion Panathinaikos in the fall.
Calathes can opt out of his three-year contract, which could pay him up to $2 million next season with incentives, after next season. The Mavericks, meanwhile, hold Calathes’ NBA rights for as long they wish.