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February 1, 2015 Updates

With the conclusion of a consecutive strong season in China, guard Mike Efevberha is receiving interest from the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers to integrate his rights into their NBA system via the D-League, a league source told RealGM. Efevberha finished his season with Sichuan in the Chinese Basketball Association, scoring 42.4 points and grabbing 9.6 rebounds over the last five games. For the season, he averaged 27.8 points on 51 percent shooting from two-point range. RealGM

January 30, 2015 Updates

Tencent Holdings Ltd. said it has agreed to become the National Basketball Association’s exclusive online partner in China, the latest in a series of alliances aimed at beefing up its entertainment offerings for Chinese Internet users. Wall Street Journal

January 28, 2015 Updates

Shams Charania: Aside from Cavs, Wizards have placed interest in guard Will Bynum, sources tell RealGM. Bynum likely available from China in late March. Twitter @ShamsCharania

January 27, 2015 Updates

Marc J. Spears: Bakersfield center Earl Barron is signing with Shanxi in China, a source told Yahoo. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

Marc J. Spears: Ex-NBA center Earl Barron's hope is to sign with an NBA team after his season is over with China Shanxi. He could be back as late as 3/15. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

The National Basketball Association (NBA) will pay tribute to its largest international fanbase Feb. 19 to March 4 with its biggest ever Chinese New Year Celebration, ushering in the Year of the Goat with millions of fans in China, the U.S. and around the world. The celebration will feature a record 56 live games broadcast and streamed in Greater China, showcasing 27 of the 30 NBA teams; the debut of "Surprise Door," the first NBA Chinese New Year television spot, which embraces the diversity of the league's fans; the unveiling of the first Chinese New Year uniforms; and the tip-off of the Chinese New Year Celebration Season of Giving initiative to support underprivileged communities in China. NBA.com

January 26, 2015 Updates

Marc Stein: Hearing Earl Barron, who played so well at @nbadleague Showcase, has been offered China deal too good to pass as he awaits next NBA chance. Leaving Bakersfield Jam for China would afford Earl Barron time to come back after Chinese playoffs to resume search for another NBA gig. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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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