Nuggets free agent swingman Wilson Chandler to play in China
Denver free agent Wilson Chandler will play for Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association and will not be able to opt out of his deal and return to the NBA if there is a 2011-12 season. The Chinese Basketball Association said earlier this month that free-agent NBA players are free to come play in the league but will be required play the entire season.
Denver, CO, United States
August 30, 2011 11:02 am EDT
Sports, Basketball, National Basketball Association
Denver Nuggets restricted free agent Wilson Chandler will play in China this upcoming season.
Chandler will play for Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association and will not be able to opt out of his deal and return to the NBA if there is a 2011-12 season.
ESPN.com first reported the signing.
The Chinese Basketball Association said earlier this month that free-agent NBA players are free to come play in the league but will be required play the entire season.
It is possible Chandler could rejoin the NBA on a prorated basis for part of the season if the league resolves the lockout and is playing in April.
Only the Chinese Basketball Association finalists were still playing in April last season, making Chandler available for the end of the NBA regular season unless Zhejiang Guangsha is playing for a championship.
"Maybe I'll lose out," Chandler told ESPN.com. "But I think it can be a great experience. I haven't been in any [labor negotiation] meetings. I can't call it. I'm just taking a risk, at the end of the day."
The 24-year-old Chandler averaged 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in 21 games with the Nuggets after being acquired from the Knicks as part of the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to New York. He will play for former NBA coach Jim Cleamons in China.
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