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Dwyane Wade says he will play “somewhere” next season


Dwyane Wade, in the middle of the prime of his career, does not want to sit out for a full NBA season.

In fact, he said he wouldn’t. With fears abounding the entire season might be wiped out Wade told the Associated Press he will not sit out a full season.

“I’m going to play basketball this year,” Wade said from New York, where he’s taking some business meetings. “I don’t know where, but I love the game so much that I will play it. And we will figure that out.”

First off, players union chief Billy Hunter just read that and high fived someone.

Secondly, Wade denied — again — that he has gotten a $2 million a month offer from a Chinese team.

But if ends up anywhere, it may well be China. The biggest teams in Europe are not taking on rentals. China has teams with the money (or sponsors with the money) to pay a good wage to Wade. Maybe not $2 million a month, but safe to say way more than you or I make. China also is a great spot for Nike-sponsored Wade to land as he tries to grow his global brand.

Most importantly, the Chinese Basketball Association season does not start until December. That means Wade (or other stars) could watch the labor negotiations play out through September and October before having to make any commitments.

I have hope it will not come to that. But I have little hope of a full NBA season at this point.

To be clear, Wade has not gotten offer from China. Yet.

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Yesterday we told you or reports Dwyane Wade got a $2 million a month offer from one Chinese team. That report was denied by the Chinese team.

Now it also has been shot down by Wade’s agent.

Here’s the money paragraph from the Miami Herald.

Wade and his agent, Henry Thomas, have said Wade will consider overseas offers if the NBA lockout stretches into the season. “We are not there yet,” Wade told China Daily, referring to overseas offers in general. “We are going to start working out. The time to consider that has not come.”

As we’ve said before, if a star player is going anywhere China makes the most sense. For Wade it’s about global branding in the biggest market. Those Chinese teams also would be able to find sponsors that would pick up some massive salaries.

Most importantly, the Chinese league does not tip off until December. Players and their agents would have all of September and October to see if the lockout is going to drag on as long as many fear. If there is no movement by then, guys like Wade may take a more serious look at China. Especially if the offer is $2 million a month.

But for now, everything is in a holding pattern.

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

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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).