Originally posted on Ball Don't Lie  |  Last updated 12/8/11
Earlier this week, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski wrote a column detailing the frustrations of several ex-NBA players that had signed free agent contracts to play with the Chinese Basketball Association. Upon signing months ago, the players were told that the contracts were binding and could not be dissolved even if the NBA ended its lockout. The free agents in question essentially said "yeah, whatever" before asking for the pen and an eventual check, and now … crap. They kind of want to come back home. And even though the NBA is now allowing teams to pay up to half a million dollars to aid players in potential CBA buyouts, don't expect to see Wilson Chandler or J.R. Smith in the NBA anytime soon, or at least before the CBA season ends in March. There was a way around this, however. You could have what Smith and Chandler would probably term as the worst of both worlds -- playing with CBA players, not signing a contract with the league, and not getting paid. Of course, that route ...
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