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Kenyon Martin reaches buyout with Chinese team

Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 12:19 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Kenyon Martin was one of a handful of NBA players that decided to sign in China, despite the Chinese Basketball Association installing a rule that didn't allow NBA opt-out clauses.

Players like Martin, J.R. Smith, Aaron Brooks and Wilson Chandler seem to be trapped in China until their season ends sometime in February or March.

Martin however, reached a buyout with his team Xinjiang, according to Yahoo! Sports. There's a catch though: As part of the agreement, Martin must honor the Chinese Basketball Association's rules and wait for the end of his team's season to return to the NBA. The CBA's regular season ends in February, but it's likely his team will play in the postseason, so it could be March.

Martin's deal with Xinjiang was worth a record $3 million.

This is massively important for Brooks, Smith and Chandler's situations as this has set the precedent for how their buyouts will be handled. I'd expect them to seek similar buyouts with their teams, but they won't be given clearance to return to the NBA until the end of their CBA season, meaning they done messed up by signing in China despite knowing the no opt-out clause.

There was an expection that Smith and Chandler would be released by their teams, but that doesn't appear to be happening.

Most players seemed to think that getting out of their Chinese contracts would work. Earl Clark did it, citing personal reasons to leave. But he did this while the lockout was still in place. The players wanting to leave now are leaving for the obvious reason to return to the NBA.

Why reach a buyout now and not just play out the season? Injury, obviously. Martin doesn't want to risk anything playing in China when he can become a free agent in March. He wants to get healthy and get ready to join a team, hopefully in time for a postseason run.
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Kenyon Martin reaches buyout with Chinese team

yet further proof that these thugs and semi-literate morons think they are above the rules (in this case in the form of contracts).  they've been sppon fed the damning notion that their talents trump any of their actions and that they are somehow entitled to do only what they want, not what is required of them by the rules/laws/contracts.  I love sports as much as anyone, but when are we going to start sending a message that these primadonna a-holes will understand?!  Is the show they put on REALLY worth us paying these ethically challenged, morally bankrupt, criminally inclined mental midgets MILLIONS of dollars?! Really?  Lock them in their contracts or let them try to sell that skillset out in the real world; see how much they'd earn then.  And before anyone even starts that whole "the owners are the really guilty one" argument, stop it.  WE are the problem. WE pay for the tickets. WE generate that TV dollars. WE continue to support these despicable franchises.  Go watch a local high school game and try to remember why you actually like these SPORTS...



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:20 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Kenyon Martin reaches buyout with Chinese team

All the dirtballs got what they had coming.............................

..ghetto thugs



Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Kenyon Martin reaches buyout with Chinese team

F3Ck em'.  They signed up for it, they knew this was a possibility beforehand.  F#ck em'.  Too bad. 



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Kenyon Martin reaches buyout with Chinese team

I suggest to the Chineese coaches that these NBA players are out of shape. Please force them to do road work until they are deemed in shape. Thank you. All knuckleheads who thought the NBA season was done! Ha ha!



Since: Aug 15, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Kenyon Martin reaches buyout with Chinese team

why would you be hesitant to sign any of these players?  



Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Kenyon Martin reaches buyout with Chinese team

Maybe these fools should have stayed in college to learn how to read legal docs...Idiots!!!




Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Kenyon Martin reaches buyout with Chinese team

Should of signed with an Iranian team instead!


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