NBA players currently under contract will be restricted from playing in teams belonging to the Chinese Basketball Association. The ban, however, will not effect free agents.
Several players, such as Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul have expressed interested in playing for teams in China in the case of a 2011-2012 lockout. Free agents wishing to play in China will be required to play an entire season in China. I’m not really sure how this requirement will be enforced…… nor do I want to know.
The Chinese basketball season starts on Nov. 20th, and more restrictions are expected.