Harper will play in France during lockout

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Justin Harper's playing for a team based outside of Richmond, may be outside of the country. The former Spider signed with Strasbourg in France, and he is headed overseas Sunday. Strasbourg has also signed his University of Richmond teammate Kevin Anderson.

Harper was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the second pick in the second round of the NBA Draft. Later on draft night he was traded to the Orlando Magic, a team that did not have a first round pick. But Harper has not been able to workout with teammates during the NBA lockout, which many believe could extend into the season.  The Meadowbrook product's French contract includes a clause that he can return to the United States when the lockout ends.

In addition to Anderson, former Pittsburgh player Ricardo Greer and former Temple star Lavoy Allen are set to play for Strasbourg.

Harper admitted Monday that he can't speak a lick of French.

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