It’s a pretty big deal when a young NBA player like Wilson Chandler decides to leave the NBA and sign with a Chinese team (Zhejiang Guangsha — aka the Lions) for their entire season. This story reveals that Chandler isn’t very optimistic that the NBA will have a season, and that playing in China is becoming a better option for an NBA player.
Chandler realizes that if an NBA season is played, he is not allowed to opt out of his contract per China Basketball Association rules. It helps that he is joining a team that will be coached by Jim Cleamons, former assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls and L.A. Lakers.
Since Chandler is a free agent, he wasn’t bound to the CBA’s other rule that forbids players who are currently under contract with an NBA team to sign with a CBA team.
It’s a bold move, and one that can’t help the NBA players’ negotiators as they try to work out a labor agreement with NBA owners.
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