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Report: Wade offered $2 million a month to play in China

Aug 4, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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We told you Sunday, Chinese officials are about to put in rules designed to stop an influx of NBA stars to the Chinese league — no opt-out contracts, and only one foreign born player per team. The Chinese government — and that’s who runs the league and the entire sports system — wants to build up Chinese players, not be a temporary playground for some big names of the NBA.

But China is a country of entrepreneurs now — and they want their NBA players. Teams are ignoring the warning and talks continue unabated.

There are reports that Dwyane Wade has been offered $2 million a month, as passed along at niubball, a blog that follows the Chinese league.

Citing an anonymous source with direct knowledge of teams’ dealings, Titan is reporting that several organizations have offered per month contracts to Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki worth over $1 million. The source claims one team has put forth a $1.5 million deal to 2011 NBA Finals MVP….

Today, the Chengdu Daily reported that Zhejiang Guangsha offered Wade $2 million a month while he was in the team’s home city of Hangzhou during the (Jordan Brand China promotional tour). Team general manager, Ye Xiangyu, who voiced her concern about bringing over NBA players on Sunday, denied that a contract offer had been made.

What’s interesting is how teams in China are barging ahead despite the plans to try and stop the influx of players. And how they are looking for ways around the rules.

Another reason why teams are unconcerned with the CBA is because many don’t feel the league can enforce their soon-to-be instated rule. The CBA has one of the highest turnover rates for foreign players in the world. Some players don’t even last two weeks in the country after signing a contract, and it’s not unusual to see teams switch imports three times in a single season. That begs the question, if a team were to release an active NBA player from his contract, how would that be different than releasing any other import?

The answer is unclear, which is why teams are growing more and more convinced that they can negotiate an under-the-table agreement with players that would guarantee a return to America after a set period of time or after the lockout ends.

As for the money, that’s the easy part. First, the owners of these Chinese teams think they can make their money back — do you have any idea how many Dwyane Wade Zhejiang Guangsha jerseys would be sold? The other idea comes from shoe business insider Sonny Vaccaro, who was on the Chris Vernon radio show in Memphis yesterday. Vernon tweeted about it.

Sonny Vaccaro says he thinks Kobe Bryant will go to play in China, and Nike will pay him to do it.

You get Nike and another local sponsor to pitch in, and the salary for a Wade or Kobe or Chris Paul becomes doable.

If you see big stars go overseas, China makes the most sense for them in terms of global marketing and in terms of start times (the Chinese league starts camps in November, allowing players time to see how the lockout shakes out past the would be start of the NBA season).

  1. goforthanddie - Aug 4, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Wade can’t risk hurting himself. leb needs all the help he can get. And I don’t see Kobe going unless the season is officially gone. I’m sure he’d rather have healthy-as-they’re-going-to-get knees and a shot at another title than another couple mil.

    • david8726 - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:14 AM

      Yep. Wade is smart enough to know that he should rest his body as much as possible. Given his sometimes reckless style of play, he can’t afford extra wear and tear on his body as he gets older.

    • b7p19 - Aug 5, 2011 at 9:55 AM

      You’re talking about the Heat and Lebron needing help, but from where I sit there is no end to the lockout in sight. Why not make $10 million while experiencing another culture. You sound like Heat fans that are afraid to see their palyer get hurt.

      • goforthanddie - Aug 5, 2011 at 12:45 PM

        No, I have no love for the Heat (nor hate for that matter). I was just taking the opportunity to abuse leb. Him I do hate, and he is most deserving. And like Kobe, I’d like to think Wade’s smart enough to give it a rest. Then again, leb has been rubbing off on him in the bad ways…

  2. cosanostra71 - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    If Wade doesn’t want that contract, I’ll take it

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