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November 15, 2014 Updates

According to World Peace, on one occasion, owner James Dolan walked into the film room for a bull session. World Peace said he was the only player to speak up about why the team was in disarray. “You don’t hold nothing back when things are going wrong,’’ World Peace said. “You have to tell Melo [Carmelo Anthony] when he’s being lazy. You have to speak about these things, so when the playoffs come, everyone knows where everybody stands.’’ New York Post

He has started well for Guangdong, a team in the Chinese Basketball Association with a long history of players from the United States, including Aaron Brooks, James Singleton, Fred Jones, Lester Hudson, Lamond Murray and Smush Parker. His fast start is enough to spark speculation from front offices that Mudiay will leave before the regular season ends in mid-February to keep him healthy and keep his Draft standing high -- and keep him from the prying eyes of NBA scouts. "They could," an executive said of the decision to shut down that Mudiay's inner-circle may face. "They could for sure." NBA.com

Said an NBA general manager: "I could see, if his stock is raised, him saying, 'I'm checking out.' I could see that. Does he do it? I don't know. But look what happened with [Dante] Exum last year. It didn't really hurt him, did it? There's an argument to be made that [Mudiay] doesn't have to do anything." NBA.com

November 14, 2014 Updates
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What are your thoughts on Mudiay in China and the D-League and foreign leagues as a destination for prospects? Chad Ford: He's been really good. He just finished his fifth game for Guangdong. His team is 4-1. He had 16 points and 9 assists in his last game versus Fujian. He's already had a triple-double. He's shooting the ball really well from three. He's young and he turns the ball over too much at times, but every scout I've spoken with who's seen him is impressed. He'll make a major play for the No. 1 pick -- especially if a team really in need of guard play gets the pick. ESPN.com

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The Thunder, Pacers and Grizzlies scoured the free-agent market for point guards after injury issues, and they contacted Lucas prior to deciding upon players this week. Lucas, who has been working out in Houston since his release from the Washington Wizards, also received proposals in the Chinese Basketball Association. RealGM

November 4, 2014 Updates

Last seasons runner up, Xinjiang Flying Tigers, has started off the season with a tough road victory over Sichuan Blue Whales. XJ is led by the NBA tandem of Jordan Crawford and Andray Blatche. Crawford, likely the most gifted pure scorer in the CBA this season has also learned to play the point guard role, and has become the teams main distributor. Teammates with the Washington Wizards, Crawford and Blatche hope to lead XJ to its first CBA title, after knocking on the door several times. Xinjiang Flying Tigers boasts the deepest roster of Chinese players, as they have contributors at each position along with newly signed Zhou Qi, who is thought to be the next NBA player out of China, a 7 footer who has guard like skills and can shoot with range, as well as handle the ball, should be on many NBA teams radar. This is the best chance for XJ to claim their first CBA championship, they clearly have the strongest 1-2 punch in Crawford and Blatche, and a top 3 Chinese roster as well. They open round 2 on the road against Chongqing. Asia-Basket

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