China Keeps NBA Players in Contracts as Lockout Ends

The NBA has finally decided to come together on one accord and end this lockout.  Everyone shook hands and are returning to their respective corners and it’s business as usual.  But, not for some players.  Unfortunately, some free agents did what they had to do to pay their bills and fled the country for basketball opportunities overseas.

According to the Grio, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) went into contracts with Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith, Wilson Chandler and Aaron Brooks.  All of them are free agents and they are holding them to their one-year contracts.  They were all notified by the CBA that they intend for them to make good on their contracts.

They probably could abandon them if they wanted, but they would then have to pay back the money.  Kenyon Martin is one who doesn’t plan to renege on the deal and had choice words for his Denver Nuggets team:

“They made that bed. Guess what? Let them lie in it,” Martin said. “I had some good times. I enjoyed my seven years. I enjoyed the Denver fans. But they made the decision.”

But he didn’t stop there.  In September, he released this tweet:

“All Haters should catch full blown Aids and Die! Do the world a favor!” and rid us of you all!”

Smith is busy being a baby and making crazy demands like an extra apartment in possibly two different cities on top of his $3 million contract.  But faking injuries and missing games and fighting with the front office all the time.

Read the full report here.

-J.C. Brooks

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