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Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  4 responses

JR Smith to Play in China During NBA Lockout


JR Smith has inked a deal with Zhejiang Chouzhou of the Chinese Basketball Association (joining Nuggets teammate Wilson Chandler and Orlando’s Earl Clark in China.) From Niubball: “The news was first reported by Sina Sports on Sina Weibo (Chinese twitter) and has since been announced on Zhejiang’s official team website. Smith joins Wilson Chandler, Earl Clark and Josh Powell on the list of NBA free-agents who have decided to play in China this season as a result of the lockout. Per league rules, Smith’s deal does not include an opt-out clause that would allow him to return to the NBA when the lockout ends. Smith, like other NBA free agents, has received heavy interest from Chinese teams over the last three weeks. With the CBA having barred all NBA players with active contracts from playing here this season, free agents are the only NBA players who are eligible to sign with Chinese teams … Though Smith will join Chandler and Clark in province, he will be playing for a completely different team. Zhejiang has two teams, Zhejiang Guangsha and Zhejiang Chouzhou.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Just make the a team called the Chinese Nuggets..

  • stayweird38

    Damn I just got to Denver and no nba no Melo. No Billups no smith.no kenyon no chandler… this sucks… go bulls !

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    RED CORNER

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel

    Cool…what about allen iverson…Where are you bro!!!?????

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