Detroit Pistons in contact with Lebanon's Fadi al-Khatib

Champville's player Fadi al-Khatib reacts during a game in Champville, Lebanon, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Is Fadi al-Khatib NBA material? It's a question that has been continuously asked by basketball fans on the internet, considering his huge contribution to the success of the Lebanese national team over the past 10 years.

The answer to the question has come from the Detroit Pistons, who have recently been exchanging emails with Fadi, as “The Tiger” confirmed to The Daily Star in a phone call. A contract may be signed as early as this summer.

“It’s true. I have been exchanging emails with Joe Dumars [Detroit Pistons’ President], who has asked me to come in summer,” revealed Khatib, who is 32 years old.

He added: “I don’t know yet if I am going. Playing in the NBA is something professional players dream of, but I have a family and I am starting a new project here.”

Khatib had been previously linked to a possible move to the Los Angeles Clippers back in 2003, when he signed a draft contract, but his team in Lebanon (Sagesse) refused to release him.





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