With new rules officially set, CBA teams snapping up import players

Now that the Chinese Basketball Association has set its rules on foreign players for the upcoming season, we’ve seen a ton of action over the last weeks as teams look to get their rosters set in time for the new season. Some of the league’s contenders/big-money teams have already signed a few guys — Xinjiang and Quincy Douby, Zhejiang Guangsha and Wilson Chandler and Earl Clark, Beijing Shougang and Stephon Marbury — but, there has also been action from other teams as well.

So let’s get everyone caught up.

Shanxi Zhongyu signs Charles Gaines, 2010-11 CBA scoring champ

Shanxi Zhongyu signed reigning scoring champion and 2010-11 NiuBBall.com All-CBA First Teamer, Charles Gaines, to a contract worth a reported $800,000  $80,000 a month according to hoopCHINA. This will be Gaines’ third team in three years in China. Last year for Qingdao Double Star, he put up 33.7 points and 12.7 rebounds per game on 60% shooting. In 2009-10, he averaged 30.4 points, 10.7 rebounds per game on 63% shooting for Xinjiang Guanghui.

Shandong brings in Alan Anderson and Othello Hunter

Coming off of a disappointing season last year where both Rodney White and Myron Allen failed to live up to expectations, the Gold Lions will bring in two new players this year, Alan Anderson and Othello Hunter. Anderson, a graduate of Michigan State, played a couple of years with the Charlotte Bobcats from 2005-07 with a stint with the D-League’s Tulsa 66ers mixed in between. Since then he’s played with teams in Italy (VidiVici Bologna), Russia (Triumph Lyubertsy), Croatia (Cibona Zagreb), Israel (Maccabi Tel Aviv) and Spain (Regal Barcelona). Last year for Barcelona, the 6-6 Anderson won MVP of the Spanish National Cup.

Hunter, a 6-8 forward out of Ohio State, played two seasons for the Atlanta Hawks in 2008-09 and 2009-10. He’s played for two teams in Europe, of Dinamo Basket Sassari in Italy and of Ilisiakos B.C. in Greece.

Liaoning signs Josh Powell

In a dramatic change from years past, Liaoning has decided to sign a foreign player before the season, agreeing to terms with two-time NBA champion, Josh Powell. The six-year NBA veteran has spent time with the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks. In 315 career games, Powell averaged 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds.

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4 Responses to “With new rules officially set, CBA teams snapping up import players”

  1. Turner Says:

    Hi Jon. One thought I have had regarding the Wilson Chandler signing that would seem totally obvious to people like us living in China but has seemed to have been missed by the international press, is the fact that contracts in China don’t mean anything.

    Yes, he signed a contract that says he cannot leave the CBA (from what I understand) at any point during the year to return to the NBA, but how does the CBA plan on enforcing this rule? I guess if he is only getting paid in one lump sum at the expiration of his contract then they can basically ensure that he stays. However, if he is paid on a monthly basis like most people in China (10th working day of the month or something similar), then the most he would lose out on is 10 working days of salary.

    Do you know the specifics of his contract? If he gets paid monthly, I don’t see why Kobe, Dirk and everyone else wouldn’t just sign a contract here and then break it whenever the lockout ends. Through working and living here we have all learned that contracts here are virtually impossible ton enforce, and therefore, meaningless. Why should Wilson Chandler’s contract be any different?

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  2. Turner Says:

    Also, do you know if the contract says “he cannot leave the CBA for the NBA” or does it say “he cannot leave the CBA for any other league”?

    Also, players come and go all the time in the CBA. Are they really going to try to make every foreign player stay for the entire CBA season? This seems completely different than the way the league has been operated in seasons past. Am I missing something in the new rules?

    Sorry, lots of questions.

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    [...] Before we get to that, however, let’s catch everyone up on the Chinese basketball landscape. China ruled last month that any player with a current NBA contract isn’t eligible to sign in the CBA. Additionally, Asia’s top basketball league isn’t allowing any sort of opt-outs in its contracts so that players can return stateside once the NBA lockout is over, seemingly further complicating the league’s ability to vulture NBA talent this offseason. That hasn’t turned out as poorly as I originally thought, however, as Jon Pastuszek explained over the holiday weekend. [...]

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    [...] Before we get to that, however, let’s catch everyone up on the Chinese basketball landscape. China ruled last month that any player with a current NBA contract isn’t eligible to sign in the CBA. Additionally, Asia’s top basketball league isn’t allowing any sort of opt-outs in its contracts so that players can return stateside once the NBA lockout is over, seemingly further complicating the league’s ability to vulture NBA talent this offseason. That hasn’t turned out as poorly as I originally thought, however, as Jon Pastuszek explained over the holiday weekend. [...]

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