NBA Players Under Contract Barred From Playing in Chinese League

Published: August 19, 2011

It’s being reported that the Chinese Basketball Association will not offer deals to any player currently under contract with the NBA, but will remain in the hunt for NBA free agents provided they want to spend a year in China. The Xinhua News Agency went on to say that contracts for free agents would be designed to discourage players from returning to the US mid-season to play in the NBA, or for difficult to verify reasons such as suspect injuries.

The decision by the Chinese league is an obvious setback to the Players Association who had hoped to display the ability of it’s members to command large paychecks in leagues worldwide. It was a rumored destination for Kobe, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and a number of other high profile players. The league’s decision to ban players currently under contract from competing severely limits the ability of players, even big names, to get paid as the lockout persists.

As it is now the players have yet to prove that they can get a deal anywhere near as good as the “unacceptable” deal that the NBA has offered them, and their prospects only seem to be dwindling. Apparently leagues around the world also find it absurd to pay out 57% over their revenue to less than 10% of their employees, while also paying huge fixed costs associated with operating an expansive business. FYI- a one night road trip in the NBA costs roughly 30-40k dollars.

Even if superstars had signed in China and agreed to stay for an entire year, their compensation would not be in line with what the owners have offered in a new CBA. For role players, it would be only a small fraction.

This should probably go without saying at this point, but settle before you lose your shirts, players. Get the best deal you can and start the season on time. Anything else is a net loss for you and your family financially. The only people on the players’ side who stand to gain anything financially with a hard-line, take a year off stance, are the agents and their your representatives. You personally will never get the money you leave on the table back.

It’s time to acknowledge reality and get the ball rolling for the 2011-2012 NBA season.

Note: There is another article up that says that the league will talk about this issue today. I believe the Xinhua News Agency in this case. I’ve never known them to be wrong before…


  1. James Online

    August 19, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Looks like Carl Landry is ready to jump ship, “appreciative” that the Hornets gave him a chance to show what he can do so that he can move on to a more stable, winning franchise:

    • 42

      August 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Looks like the team he’s talking about can’t sign him without sending people over to our sinking ship, or some other team’s schooner.

      • James Online

        August 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm

        Probably right. It’s unfortunate he’s putting out the word he finds another team attractive at this point in the Hornets’ history. His agent could handle this far more discretely. Of course, it also smells of a ploy to extract a bigger offer from the Hornets.

        Landry helped the Hornets last year, but he is not a good solution for PF if West goes.

      • 42

        August 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm

        Agreed. I say let him raise his price and walk. As long as we are firm in our offer, I don’t care what he does. I’d rather lose 4 games than overpay.

        I am learning more about image etc.

        There are threads at Hornets Report that you may be interested in reading if you aren’t already.

        I’ll point if you have difficulty finding them.

  2. da ThRONe

    August 19, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Make sense. If you are a overseas league why would you allow your business to be “used” as leverage?

  3. Bee57

    August 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Need a good laugh 42, Did you hear about this?,0,2631011.story?track=rss

    Discuss in next blog!

    • 42

      August 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      I have a Hoopdat response to that in my news for tomorrow.

      I hope it’s a PR stunt, but he has a history of bad decisons that may have extended to his cash.

      Check out regardless.

      And thanks. I always appreciate the responses… Leave more.

    • Joe Gerrity

      August 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Seems to me like he has to work under a court order, and since the NBA isn’t taking place he can’t do that.

      I only took a glance at a different article, though.

  4. MelDee

    August 20, 2011 at 10:06 am

    George Town Up

    china town down

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