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Can Europe afford the NBA's biggest stars?

Originally Published: August 27, 2008
By Ian Whittell | Special to ESPN.com

As soon as American basketball fans had come to terms with the loss of the likes of Josh Childress, Carlos Delfino and Earl Boykins to Europe this summer, we started hearing about the unthinkable.

LeBron James suiting up for Olympiacos of Greece in 2010? Kobe Bryant becoming player-owner of a team in Italy? Teammates on the U.S. Olympic squad heading to Russia?

Interviews with some of the league's elite players certainly suggested that this summer's trickle of talent ...

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