Players Likely Stuck in China
All the NBA players who signed to play in China during the lockout, including (Kenyon) Martin, did so with the understanding and contractual obligation to stay throughout the entire CBA season. Of course, anyone can leave a team, but the Chinese teams will not clear such players to play elsewhere (NBA, Europe, etc.) until his particular Chinese team finishes its season, whether before, during or after the CBA playoffs.
There has been talk that NBA players can buy out of their contracts for $500,000, but even that sum isn’t going to move CBA officials to clear guys to play in the NBA.
“China will let these guys go home, but they’ll stop your money or even ask you for some of the money back, and you can’t play for another team around the world until your team in China’s season is over,” the source said.