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Reports: Martin signs deal with Clippers, but return delayed?

In this March 19, 2011, photo, Denver Nuggets'

In this March 19, 2011, photo, Denver Nuggets' Kenyon Martin (4) pauses during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Miami. Credit: AP

UPDATE: According to the Los Angeles Times, Kenyon Martin agreed to a deal worth the mini-midlevel exception with the Clippers. Tom Ziller of SB Nation writes that the deal would be worth up to $9.3 million over three years.

Earlier . . . 

Martin may be just a little further away from rejoining the NBA after all.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that China has blocked Martin's return to the league.

According to Wojnarowski, an affidavit was sent to both the NBA and FIBA, stating Martin was not allowed to play in the NBA until the end of his Chinese team's season. Martin had signed the affidavit as part of his agreement to play in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Martin's team, Xinjiang, is on the outside of the CBA playoff picture looking in. Provided they don't rally into the postseason, their season would end Feb. 16. At that time, Martin would be free to sign a free agent contract in the NBA.

As noted yesterday, the teams reportedly in the mix for Martin are the Clippers, Heat, Spurs, Hawks and Knicks.

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