Nuggets players contractually tied to China
The Denver Nuggets may find themselves scrambling to assemble a roster for the regular season.A handful of Nuggets players, including Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith, signed contracts with Chinese teams during the NBA lockout which prohibited them from returning to the U.S. – even in the event of a new collective bargaining agreement.Owners and the players’ union have agreed on the framework for a new CBA, with both sides expected to vote for ratification within the next 7-10 days.The Chinese clubs which own the rights to the Nuggets’ players are reportely not interested in releasing them from their contracts. The deals expire in March, at which time the players could return to the NBA.An official told Yahoo! Sports that “they can play, get paid (in China), and return to NBA in March. Or they can not get paid, and return to NBA in March.”The NBA honors contracts signed by players on international clubs, and likely won’t seek to intervene.