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Old 08-16-2011, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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NBA stars face roadblock to play in China

The Los Angeles Lakersí Kobe Bryant(notes) has offers north of $1.5 million a month to play in China, and sources say heíd be inclined to accept a contract except for the one immense hurdle standing in his way: Chinese Basketball Association officials will likely pass a rule in the middle of this week forbidding the signing of players with NBA opt-out clauses.

Bryant is the biggest star deep in negotiations with China, but he isnít alone. San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker(notes) has been engaged in serious talks, too, sources tell Yahoo! Sports, but it wonít matter if China lays down legislation that could be crippling to the signing of NBA stars.

Chinese officials want to derail the prospect of rent-a-players for the lockout. That would leave a far smaller pool of NBA free agents available to sign, and those players will have to commit to playing a full season in the Far East. If the lockout ends, they canít return to the NBA until the Chinese season ends in mid-March.

NBA stars face roadblock to play in China - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
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