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July 20, 2014 Updates

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

July 14, 2014 Updates

Luke Winn: Just talked with Emmanuel Mudiay's brother Stephane, and he gave me a statement from Emmanuel: "I was excited about going to SMU and playing college basketball for coach Brown and his staff and preparing for the NBA. But I was tired of seeing my mom struggle. And after sitting down with coach Brown and my family we decided that the best way for me to provide for my mom was to forgo college and pursue professional basketball opportunities. I am grateful for Prime Prep coach [Ray] Forsett for developing me into the player and man that I am and I am also grateful for coach Brown's guidance and his support. This has nothing to do with my eligibility in any way." Twitter @lukewinn

Mudiay, an explosive 6-foot-5 guard, has been projected as a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA draft. The Chinese Basketball Association has been discussed as a possible destination for Mudiay, a native of the Congo. Mudiay has had ongoing conversations with SMU coach Larry Brown and university officials about his ability to become academically eligible to play his freshman year, sources told Yahoo Sports. Mudiay has wanted to play for the Hall of Fame coach at his hometown school, but there are concerns about the NCAA clearing him to play for the 2014-15 season, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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The China connection: Players looking to expand their personal brand in the world's largest country are well aware that the Rockets have had a corner on that market since the days of Yao Ming. "We're basically the de-facto national team of China," said Rockets CEO Tad Brown, who oversees that aspect of their operation. "People throughout Asia love our team. That started with Yao, and it continued with the great players that we've had. Every one of our games is broadcast in China and throughout Asia. We deliver a reach that is greater than any other team in the NBA, on a global scale." USA Today Sports

June 6, 2014 Updates

But after his dreadful experience in China, Johnson doesn’t want to go overseas again. He wants back in the NBA. And he says there’s a chance he’ll take the minimum this time if it’s all he gets offered. “See last year, I just had had my second little son and I needed money to be comfortable, so that's why I went,” Johnson said. “I’m comfortable now, so I can come grind in the NBA.” ESPN.com

June 5, 2014 Updates

Ivan Johnson, 30, wasn’t a fan of the food or smells during his one season in China. As one of the more experienced free agents at the Nets’ workout Wednesday (there were 31), he’s less concerned with money and looking to get back in the NBA. “The money is good in China, it’s just the living situation, the eating situation. But I pulled through,” Johnson said. “The food (was a problem). They don’t cook it all the way through. The room smells like a sewer. There’s a lot of stuff you gotta deal with over there. I dealt with it though. I had to.” New York Daily News

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As reported by Sohu.com point-guard Bobby Brown is very close to extend the contract with Dongguan Leopards for three more years. Brown arrived last season in China and averaged 30 points per game. Sportando

May 22, 2014 Updates

As reported by Sohu.com point-guard Bobby Brown is very close to extend the contract with Dongguan Leopards for three more years. Brown arrived last season in China and averaged 30 points per game. Brown expressed interest in coming back to Dongguan to try to win the title. Sportando

May 17, 2014 Updates

There's only China in the future of Von Wafer. The former Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics moved away from Puerto Rico and signed a contract with Shanxi Zhongyu. Wafer changed many teams this year and with the last one, Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico, averaged 24.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Sportando

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Eric Dawson will continue his career in China NBL with Heilongjiang Zhaozhou Feng Shen. The player has spent the season with Austin Toros scoring 14 points and pulling down 9.8 rebounds per game. Dawson has also played in Iran with Petrochimi recording 11 points in his only game. Sportando

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