HoopsHype China rumors

January 25, 2015 Updates

Bobby Brown, whose contract with Dongguan Leopards includes an NBA out, could be available for NBA teams on February 1 since his club is no lock to make the postseason. Brown, who has experience in the NBA with Sacramento, Minnesota, New Orleans and LA Clippers, would be more than open to playing for the Cavaliers. "Right now, I'm focused on Dongguan and winning games with my teammates," Brown told HoopsHype. "I will say this about Cleveland: How could anyone not want to play with LeBron? First off, he is the best player in the league and second, you have a chance to be a part of a championship team. Plus, playing in Europe, I was a big fan of (David) Blatt and always wanted to play for him. Also, I have known (David Griffin) since I was in the draft and have always been a huge believer in him." HoopsHype

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A former league executive gave an insightful reason why international players—and perhaps examples such as Brandon Jennings and Emmanuel Mudiay—are better served playing overseas than in the D-League: The high cost of traveling invariably prompts owners to send their higher-echelon executives to see those players, while scouts and lower-rung executives are more apt to get the Santa Cruz itinerary. Who the top decision-maker has seen live, or most often, can tip the scales when it comes to pre-draft skull sessions. Bleacher Report

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After a practice session, the Chinese media had a chance to interview Mudiay. [Scroll down to view]. “I’m still here; I want to stay as long as possible. I still hope to be here when we win the championship. ..The final decisions will be made by the team and the coach. I really like China, if I didn’t like it I think I’d be home a long time ago. My family and I are all here and we like it here, I will be here supporting my team and want to stay until the end… I’m still not fully recovered and have been out for a while now, but thank god that I’ve recovered well and will be evaluating the injury each day… There is no time schedule on when I will be back on the court. I am patiently recovering. My trainer gave me a good rehab plan and will not rush to get back into competition, since I’m not 100% yet… I will be cheering on my teammates and supporting my team.” (Translated Text/ this interview was not broadcasted, but was in a written article) NBADraft.net

January 15, 2015 Updates

Jorge Sierra: Andray Blatche is currently averaging 30.4 ppg and 14.9 rpg in the Chinese League. Could be a free agent in February. Twitter @hoopshype

"Top teams in both the Eastern and Western conference playoff race have begun the recruiting and courting process (of Andray Blatche)," agent Andy Miller tells HoopsHype. The regular season in China finishes on February 1, so Blatche could become a free agent very quick should his team fail to make the playoffs. Xinjiang is currently No. 7 in the League, just one win ahead of No. 9 Dongguan. Only eight teams qualify for the postseason. HoopsHype

Outside the US, the full global mission for the 2014/15 season has seen a total of nine NBA teams playing seven games - two regular-season (London and Mexico City) and five pre-season games - in seven cities in six countries. In terms of sporting development, China has been important to the NBA over the past 10 years, as it has been a huge growth market for the sport, and he says interest in basketball there is far from sated. "We are far, far from maximum capacity in China, even though we believe we are the number one sport there," he says. BBC

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Emmanuel Mudiay will remain with Guangdong for the season, collecting his entire salary, according to an interview with Chinese media. Mudiay missed last games due to an injury but he recently was back at practice. Sportando

January 6, 2015 Updates

The majority of people in the basketball world assumed Emmanuel Mudiay's playing days in China where long over. Everyone expected him to go back home, rehab and get ready for pre draft workouts. However the latest update has him practicing with the team and it looks like he will be ready to return to action soon. The question remains if the Guangdong Tigers will use their last import player switch to bring back Mudiay, as the CBA rule only allows 2 import player changes for the regular season, and the first was used on WIll Bynum following Mudiay's ankle injury. An additional one is granted if the team makes the playoffs. NBADraft.net

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