World Championship for clubs in 2010
FIBA is looking to launch a World Championship for basketball clubs in 2010, but the NBA will not be involved, at least not in the first year.
World governing body FIBA said Monday that its first annual club championship will be played in October 2010, with $1 million offered to the winner.Read more: New club basketball championship to debut in 2010
The inaugural tournament will feature eight teams, comprising the five FIBA continental champions -- from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania -- the runner-up from the Americas and Europe plus a team invited by the host city.
It will not include an NBA team.
"There have been some talks with the NBA," FIBA spokesman Marcos Beltra said. "We will organize the first World Club Championship and then study the situation and in the second one invite the NBA champion."