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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.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:14 pm

Kenyon Martin reaches buyout with Chinese team

well. for now you are just a guy on a messae board. im sure any nba team would take any of these guys. being that they are all quality players. how about these guys need to earn a living so they did what was best for there family at the time. give these guys a break.

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:55 pm

Kenyon Martin reaches buyout with Chinese team

In answer to your question, I believe the NBA honors the Chinese rules, which is why these players can't just skip town and return to the NBA.  If the NBA ignored China's rules, China wouldn't be cooperative in letting the next Yao Ming come to the States.  China talks; Stern listens.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:33 pm

Kenyon Martin reaches buyout with Chinese team

Why the hell does this matter? Break the contract and flee! Give 'em back the money or pay them off when the NBA pays you! What is China going to do? Send hit squads to America? Hack their internet banking accounts? Seriously, I don't understand what the problem is unless the NBA won't let them play...

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:18 pm

Kenyon Martin reaches buyout with Chinese team

"...they done messed up by signing in China despite knowing the no opt-out clause."

Sorry, I have no sympathy for NBA players that signed in China knowing there was no opt-out clause.  They knew the score and they signed up, anyway.  What does this say about the character of these fellows when they sign a contract then, when the NBA gets back in business, they want to get out of the contract?  Obviously, the player's name and signature means nothing.  If I were an NBA team, I'd be hesitant to sign any one of these players when they get back to the States.

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