Tom Abercrombie signs with French club side

Last updated 14:54 31/03/2014
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OFF TO FRANCE: Tom Abercrombie is taking his talents to Lyon.

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Tall Blacks star Tom Abercrombie is on his way to Europe tonight after signing a short-term contract with French side ASVEL Basket.

The signing means the Waikato Pistons will be without the dynamic small forward for at least a decent chunk of the NBL season.

It's believed Abercombie will play the last five regular season games for his Lyon-based side up until the start of May. Former Breakers centre/power forward Will Hudson also plays for the team.

Abercrombie was set to be a key part of a revitalised Pistons side that will start their 2014 National Basketball League campaign away to the Bay Hawks in Napier on Friday night.

However, when he recently signed for the Pistons, there was always an agreement that the club would release him should he pick up an overseas deal.

Whether he then returns to play in the NBL won’t be decided until later, but the Tall Blacks coaching staff are keen to see the national team members play in this year’s NBL ahead of the World Cup in Spain from August 30-September 14.

However, the brief flirtation in Europe could be a concern for the Breakers side, with Abercrombie understood to be keen on an extended stint in Europe – whose seasons chiefly run concurrent with the ANBL.

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