Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
Denver Nuggets free agents J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler are still pursuing ways to get out of their Chinese Basketball Association contracts but have yet to find a prompt avenue back to the NBA, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Smith and Chandler play for the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, respectively, and sources said those teams could be willing to agree to steep buyouts to let the players return to the NBA. The players would have to return all the salary theyâ€™ve made, plus agent fees and an additional $1 million to satisfy owners â€“ but that still wonâ€™t assure them they could play in the NBA.
As a member of FIBA, the government-run Chinese Basketball Association would still control the playersâ€™ letters of clearance, and sources in China insist the league has no interest in allowing the NBA players to leave before seasonâ€™s end in March. NBA teams canâ€™t sign free agents without letters of clearance showing the players are free of contract breaches elsewhere in the world.