The Miami Heat will begin their title defense with two preseason games in China against the Los Angeles Clippers in October. (Don Emmert, Getty Images)
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the title-winning Miami Heat will take on Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers in a star-studded preseason slate in China this October, Bloomberg reported Sunday night.
The Heat and Clippers will play two games in China. The first will come on Oct. 11 at the MasterCard Center in Beijing. Then they will play three days later on Oct. 14 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.
“The NBA China Games will feature several of the best and most dynamic basketball players in the world and we’re excited to tip off next season in Beijing and Shanghai,” NBA International President Heidi Ueberroth said in a statement.
The matchups will bring some international buzz before the start of the season. The Heat will be coming off their first title, and it will serve as the Heat debut for the newly acquired Ray Allen.
The Clippers, meanwhile, had their best season in franchise history last year behind Griffin and Paul, winning just their second playoff series in 28 years. They have signed Jamal Crawford and brought back Chauncey Billups and Lamar Odom this offseason