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China new import rules, could help NBL

China has changed its Import rules making it a less accommodating place for import players.

Every imported player has to go through 2 non-guaranteed phases before making their contract fully-guaranteed.

1: sign 2 separate one-month non-guaranteed contracts, after which team will choose if they would like to turn it into fully-guaranteed

2: sign 2 separate 10-day non-guaranteed contracts, after which team will choose if they would like to turn it into fully-guaranteed

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Probably a smart move given how much cash they throw at former NBA guys who don't take the gig seriously.

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... and yeah, agree, good for the NBL. Makes the prospect of signing in China even riskier.

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Is this a trade war move?

Is it a big deal for a hopeful to come across and play 2 x 10 day no guaranteed contracts? Who normally pays for flights and accomomdation?

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Earlier this year

That's a game changer. On one hand, it means imports have to put up or piss off. On the other, it means that imports will be less inclined to take the risk. Maybe they should find a middle ground as the NBL does, stop chasing the sizzle before the steak, and pick up players who've got a history of playing international basketball, not just washed up NBA players who want to treat the CBA like their own personal clown show?

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Great move by the CBA and it helps the NBL potentially as well.

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Honestly, could be better for both parties, teams and players.

The (Chinese) teams' case has already been acknowledged.

However, an import player, especially a young one, may think that a 10 day or 1 month non-guarantied contract is a good way to see if they want to spend a (whole) season there. If they don't, or don't get offered a full contract, they can consider it as part of their learning process, and it's not like it will be career defining.

Question (for me) is, does "non-guaranteed" mean that the player is not guaranteed any payment at all or that a full-season is not guaranteed. They may still make a tidy sum for their short-term stay which may actually encourage players like Ball to check out China 1st. Doesn't work, he comes to Oz.

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I mean in Aus we essentially have the first non-guarentee period of 7 games. Not too different, China's just a bit more ruthless

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