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Handful of players stuck in China

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08:10 AM ET 12.01 | Players knew the contracts they signed with opt-out clauses in Europe allowed for more freedom than those signed in China, which limits player movement back the NBA. [For] the handful of NBA free agents like Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith, Patty Mills, Kenyon Martin and Aaron Brooks -- who'd bet against a settlement by signing to play in the Chinese Basketball Association -- leaving isn't so simple. With the Chinese season already two weeks old, they're under contract to stay put. ... So as the glittery NBA season looms, they're slogging it out in China where salaries aren't great, travel can be arduous, the accommodations aren't always luxurious and the food is a constant adventure.

The Wall Street Journal

Kenyon Martin, Icon Sports Kenyon Martin, Icon Sports
December 1, 2011  08:13 AM ET

Hahahahahahahaha!

Why don't I feel bad for them?

December 1, 2011  08:21 AM ET

Looking For A Get Out Of Jail Card, Bros?

December 1, 2011  08:41 AM ET

It's too bad more didn't go to China.

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December 1, 2011  09:22 AM ET
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LeChoke, Melo, and CP3 almost played there. Dang, that could have been good.

It would have been GREAT.

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December 1, 2011  10:27 AM ET
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Hahahahahahahaha!Why don't I feel bad for them?

I love it! Good for them. Can't feel sorry for these guys at all. Good morning all.

December 1, 2011  10:31 AM ET

David Stern did say he wanted to globalize the NBA...

December 1, 2011  11:55 AM ET

how long are they 'stuck' there?

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December 1, 2011  12:45 PM ET
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Looking For A Get Out Of Jail Card, Bros?

There's no place like home, Bros.

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December 1, 2011  01:46 PM ET
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Until their lawyers can find a loophole and exploit it in order to break their Chinese contracts.

China believes in contracts?

 
December 1, 2011  03:01 PM ET

i thought the idea was that the chinese league paid more than the euro leagues and that was the reason some guys were willing to commit to a full season........if so, show me someone whos signed in china and i'll show you someone who didn't save any money and needed a paycheck. sad. hard to feel bad for them

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