NBA Players Who Signed In China May Not Be Able To Return Until March

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Chinese teams who contracted NBA players reportedly do not plan to let them out of their contracts now that the NBA labor dispute has been settled, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Players such as Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith, and Kenyon Martin signed agreements with their teams stating that they would have to play in China through March. Wojnarowski reports that the players who signed such agreements will likely not receive releases from their Chinese clubs, and without releases, they will not be able to sign NBA contracts. The NBA, a member of FIBA, is expected to abide by the organizations international contract rules.

“They can play, get paid (in China), and return to the NBA in March. Or they can not get paid, and return to NBA (SIC) in March,” an official told Yahoo! Sports.