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king4day
08-29-2011, 06:02 PM
Wilson Chandler said he has signed a contract with the Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association, a move that would essentially preclude him from participating in the 2011-12 NBA season if the lockout ends and the games begin.

The Chinese Basketball Association will not allow players with existing contracts to sign with its teams, so playing in China is only an option for free agents such as Chandler, a restricted free agent who finished the 2010-11 season with the Denver Nuggets.

In addition, the CBA will not allow escape clauses that would allow players to leave the Chinese league in the event the NBA resumes operations. So Chandler would not be a part of the NBA if the season begins on time or even with an abbreviated schedule starting in January or February.

"Maybe I'll lose out," Chandler said. "But I think it can be a great experience. I haven't been in any [labor negotiation] meetings. I can't call it. I'm just taking a risk, at the end of the day."

In theory Chandler could rejoin the league on a prorated for part of the season if the NBA is playing in April. Only the CBA finalists were still playing in April last season, so unless the Lions are among the last two battling for the championship Chandler would be available for the end of the NBA regular season if the usual schedule is followed.

As a restricted free agent the Nuggets could retain Chandler by matching an offer made by another team. Chandler, 24, averaged 12.5 points and 5 rebounds in 21 games with the Nuggets after being acquired from the Knicks as part of the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to New York. "I like [Denver], I like the team," Chandler said. "Great young team. Coach [George] Karl is a great coach. I like the management. Hopefully I'm there."

Chandler's agent, Chris Luchey, did not specify the amount of the one-year contract with the Guangsha, or Lions, but said it was worth less than the $3.1 million qualifying offer the Nuggets made in order to retain their rights to Chandler, and more than the $1.7 million offer that has been reported elsewhere.

Chandler, who had been in talks with Olimpia Milano in Italy as well, liked the appeal of playing up to three games a week in China, as opposed to one game a week in Italy. He also liked the fact that Jim Cleamons, the former Dallas Mavericks coach who was an assistant on Phil Jackson's championship teams in Chicago and Los Angeles, will be coaching the Lions.

But he must also weigh the risk of injury and how that could affect his next NBA contract.

"It's a huge concern," Chandler said. "But as long as I take care of my body, I'll be fine. We've got insurance."

Chinese teams are allowed a maximum of two foreign players. The Lions, who are located in the city of Hangzhou, have also signed Earl Clark, who played with the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic the past two seasons.

I thought this was pretty big news. The first significant player sign overseas who can't opt out if the NBA returns.

ttam68
08-29-2011, 06:11 PM
I wonder if he has a marketing gig already, or if his insurance has a huge payout. He could be in the league for 10 more years and could easily get $10M+ per year, strange he'd accept less than 3.M

topdog
08-29-2011, 06:27 PM
I say good for him. He's one of the guys who actually gets to make a free choice and he wants to play basketball and have the international experience.

justinnum1
08-29-2011, 06:27 PM
schmuck

dnewguy
08-29-2011, 06:54 PM
The Knicks caught a break on that one.

The Final Boss
08-29-2011, 07:06 PM
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AndyfromNeptune
08-29-2011, 07:18 PM
I dont understand this.. so if he signs in china hes still a restricted fa the next year ? denver stil has his rights in 2012 or no ?


Hes a great yougn player this doesnt make too much sense to me

king4day
08-29-2011, 07:25 PM
I dont understand this.. so if he signs in china hes still a restricted fa the next year ? denver stil has his rights in 2012 or no ?


Hes a great yougn player this doesnt make too much sense to me

Think of it like Josh Childress' situation. He went overseas for two years but was still a RFA of Atlanta when he returned.

Chandler's rights are owned by Denver until they resign or trade him.
This move just means he's going to take the chance of playing overseas with no ability to come back to the NBA this year should the season happen.

...I don't think it's that bad a move. It's a toss up if there's even going to be a season. Injury is really the only concern. He'll want to return the following season.

topdog
08-29-2011, 07:58 PM
Think of it like Josh Childress' situation. He went overseas for two years but was still a RFA of Atlanta when he returned.

Chandler's rights are owned by Denver until they resign or trade him.
This move just means he's going to take the chance of playing overseas with no ability to come back to the NBA this year should the season happen.

...I don't think it's that bad a move. It's a toss up if there's even going to be a season. Injury is really the only concern. He'll want to return the following season.

Think of it this way: a lot of college kids go on study abroad programs. Most NBA players don't make it through college so this is their chance to have that sort of experience.

That is reason enough, but there also is the fact that there may not be a season and there certainly will not be a full offseason for Chandler to drive up his price.

TheChamp
08-29-2011, 08:07 PM
He wants to play basketball and that's what he's gonna do.

iggypop123
08-29-2011, 09:21 PM
I thought this was pretty big news. The first significant player sign overseas who can't opt out if the NBA returns.

i thought only free agents could receive outs and he is a free agent? i guess im wrong.

nycericanguy
08-30-2011, 01:47 PM
Think of it like Josh Childress' situation. He went overseas for two years but was still a RFA of Atlanta when he returned.

Chandler's rights are owned by Denver until they resign or trade him.
This move just means he's going to take the chance of playing overseas with no ability to come back to the NBA this year should the season happen.

...I don't think it's that bad a move. It's a toss up if there's even going to be a season. Injury is really the only concern. He'll want to return the following season.

I think this might be different because chances are Chandler will be able to play in April in the NBA. I have no idea how that would work. Would DEN need to sign him for the last 2 months and then he'd be UFA in 2012? It would be after the deadline so they would not be able to trade him. Could they make him sit out the whole season and thus have his rights in 2012?

It would be a confusing situation, especially with the lockout.

DR_1
08-30-2011, 11:19 PM
I love some of our posters

VillaMaravilla
08-30-2011, 11:46 PM
maybe he knows something we dont, when these guys are willing to do this maybe the chances of no NBA are real

Kakaroach
08-31-2011, 06:28 PM
This really shocked me too. The guy was gonna get a big payday once the lockout ended but I guess its just that serious.