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July 31, 2014 Updates

It’s official, Metta World Peace is going to China. In an interview with reporters in China, Sichuan GM says Metta World Peace and the Sichuan Blue Whales have reached an agreement that will see the 14-year NBA veteran spend the 2014-2015 basketball season in China. Basketball Buddha

The reason didn't matter. What did were the terms of the deal he signed and who he signed it with: a $1.275 million contract to play a single 30-35 game season for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. That's $1.275 million, mostly tax-free, for five months of work. Moreover, the season ends in March, allowing him plenty of time to prep for next June's NBA draft. It's a lot more than tuition, room and board offered by SMU and more than enough to spin heads all over the recruiting trail. "I think the new snack money will convince kids to go to school," joked Louisville coach Rick Pitino as he watched the AAU Nationals here earlier this month, referencing the NCAA initiative to provide unlimited food to players. "We've got free Power Bars," he continued. Yahoo! Sports

"China is about new things," said Giovanni Funiciello, president of Los Angeles-based GCF Sports Management and a prominent agent and sports marketer in Chinese basketball since 1999. "You have a potential star in the making. I'm not going to put Mudiay in the category of LeBron James, but if [a team marketed] the possibility of a LeBron prior to going to the NBA … "Is that going to mean more money out of it?" he continued. "I don't know yet. The jury is out on that. But it's possible. It's definitely possible." Yahoo! Sports

Meanwhile, the trend with U.S. companies is to tie more and more of their budgets up in fewer and fewer players, mostly LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and a couple others. So looking overseas for outside income makes sense. "There's not a lot of advertising dollars left in the United States," Funiciello said. "It's not like the early 1990s when everyone was getting money. A couple guys have monopolized the endorsements." Yahoo! Sports

July 30, 2014 Updates

After five years of finding himself on a couple of different NBA benches of a couple of different NBA teams, Byron Mullens has decided to take his talents to China. According to Sina.com, Mullens has officially reached a deal with the Shanxi Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. Basketball Buddha

July 29, 2014 Updates

The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) has a few foreign players that just keep going back to China and making a career out of it. One of those players is former Rutgers University standout point-guard Quincy Douby as he and the Tianjin Lions reached a reported one-year deal on Tuesday. Douby, 30, spent three years in the NBA after college before taking his talents overseas. In Tianjin, he replaces Sebastian Telfair (who turned down a two-year $7 million from Tianjin to signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder) and joins Sheldon Williams as the other foreign player for the Lions. Basketball Buddha

July 28, 2014 Updates

Adam Zagoria: Emmanuel Mudiay has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse but still plans to play overseas for financial reasons, source tells @SNYtv. Mudiay said he would skip SMU and play overseas for financial reasons, not because of academics at Prime Prep. Reportedly signed for $1.2M. Mudiay is still expected to be a top-5 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft & will now get paid this year as opposed to risking his health in college Twitter @AdamZagoria

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Stephon Marbury talked with Sohu Sports about Mudiay coming to China: "Mudiay came to China and I think it's a great publicity for the Chinese basketball movement. I believe that his arrival could increase the appeal of the league and as a result its competitiveness, attracting new players to this state. We will welcome with open arms all the American players who wish to build a career here". Sportando

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Rivers said the Clippers made the necessary inquiries about West’s time in China and the NBADL, and decided offering him a summer league slot was relatively risk-free. “You check all of that out — no doubt,” Rivers said of West’s behavior. “I got calls from several people in the D-League and in China who said he’s ready for this. He has a baby and a fiancee now. A lot of things have been going right for him. “I just think he’s far more mature now,” he said. “He’s given up a lot in his life, and he wants to do well. He still has a disease that he has to fight every day. I know he’s doing everything he can to get back into the league, and it’s nice to see him here. “But to be honest, it doesn’t hit you like, ‘Wow, Delonte is back here in the summer league.’?” Boston Herald

The Kings did not pick up the option on his fifth year, and Greene headed to the NBADL, a stint with the Grizzlies, some time in Puerto Rico, and a deal with the Nets before a serious ankle injury ruined his shot to go to training camp two years ago. Greene went to China to revive his career, averaging 19.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks for the Dongguan Leopards. “Sometimes you can get caught up in the politics of the NBA and not really have the love for the game that you should,” he said. “Going to China helped me get my passion back. It’s where it should be. I’m just trying to come back and be a pro. I’m older now, more mature, and I’ve got a big family to take care of.” Boston Globe

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