Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 10:10 am  |  20 responses

Report: China Doesn’t Want Kenyon Martin to Leave Yet

Kenyon Martin’s basketball liberation from China and his return to the NBA was expected to happen within a week or so, but according to Yahoo! Sports, things are a little more complicated than that: “China has forwarded an affidavit to FIBA and the NBA – signed by Martin upon his departure in late December – that stipulates he wouldn’t play in the NBA until his Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers’ season had ended. China is demanding the contract be honored and Martin have to wait until the Flying Tigers finish their season. The Flying Tigers have six games left and need a winning streak to catapult them into the playoffs. Their final regular-season game is Feb. 16. Chinese Basketball Association officials are insisting the clearance letter request was deliberately sent to their office over the New Year when they wouldn’t be available to respond. After seven days without a response, FIBA’s guidelines allow it to issue the letter of clearance that all international leagues – including the NBA – need to validate that a player has fulfilled contractual obligations elsewhere. In truth, Martin is expected to work out for a week with any NBA team he joins before becoming activated. So even if the NBA reverses its ruling, Martin could likely still be back on the floor in two weeks. China carries significant importance for the NBA commissioner David Stern, who has worked relentlessly to cultivate a business partnership with his league and the world’s largest country. What’s more, there’s been a strong belief within the global basketball community that the NBA discouraged China from signing its players under contract during the lockout. Several teams were close to negotiating deals with such stars as Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Tony Parker before the CBA declared its teams would only sign free agents. Other American players in China and their agents are irate over Martin’s early clearance to return to the NBA. J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler were pleading cases on Thursday about getting themselves out of China and back to the NBA sooner than later. ‘Right now, it’s a huge distraction for teams,’ one international official said. ‘Players are angry, want out now, and this is a huge investment that’s blowing up in the face of [Chinese] teams and owners.’”

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  • David Stern

    let my people go!

  • http://Twitter.com/@TheHomieNate @TheHomieNate

    I don’t understand why he’s such a big deal though. He went to China got the richest contract in CBA history, averaged 14 & 7. Was a bust. Decided that he wanted out, and has been waiting to get back in the NBA for a month now. Let it go China

  • ENDS

    naw he wanted to be a chinese baller let him man up and deal with it

  • ENDS

    how much would it suck for the other teams to lay down let the tugers win the next 6 and get them to the playoffs.

    by the way since when do tigers fly

  • ENDS


  • underdog

    World’s largest country?


    flyin tigers lool . them crazy chinese

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    yes underdog, China has the worlds largest population, followed by india.

  • MaxIsNative

    They don’t want him to leave because he raised the country’s height average by 6 inches..

  • JML-G

    no relevant NBA player will play in China ever again

  • ducksource

    If you signed a contract, you should honor it – plain and simple. These are grown men, they knew what they were getting themselves into – suck it up!

  • bike

    He can’t wait 6 more games and a couple of weeks from now?

  • http://slamonline house

    Good, I think the Nuggets are better without him.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    MaxIsNative is a racist

  • bike

    @MaxIsNative…but he lowers their average IQ by 30 points.
    Okay..better stop…SLAM’s racist police are still prowling around.

  • retrobat

    What bothers me is that each of these players signed their contracts w/their respective Chinese teams KNOWING full well that they would not be allowed out of said contracts until the season was over. Then once the NBA got rolling, they began to whine about their unforgiving contracts. I say man the F up and abide by the rules you agreed upon. They were clearly concerned with only making money due to the possibility that the NBA season was not going to happen. I don’t see why the Chinese should have to give into their cries of despair.

  • LA Huey

    We knew the rules when he signed his contract. He should have known them too. Now you gotta abide by them.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    let him go. he doesnt want to be there

  • Justin G.

    cosign retrobat…You don’t just let a player go because things didn’t go according to plan. I don’t think anyone really thought there would be a season this year so they rolled the dice and gambled. They didn’t want to miss a year of getting paid by SOMEBODY, they signed the contract knowing what could happen and that’s it. Bottom line, suck it up and live up to your contract. See you in a few weeks

  • Treshiq

    they believed wrongly ( as I did) that there would NOT be a season this year. There are consequesnces to your actions…and unfortunately for Kmart he too that big contract and now he has to honor it. the only one i care about is Wilson Chandler coming back unscathed. Nuggets will add him to the depth of thier bench and that’ll be exciting to watch. J.R. SMith..good riddance Carmelo Anthony jr.