Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul are considering taking their talents to South…China?
Speaking in Hong Kong during a weeklong promotional tour of China, the star trio seems to be keeping its options open if the NBA lockout doesn’t reach a resolution before the start of the season on Nov. 1.
“As far as coming over here, we’ve always said this whole trip that our options are open,” Anthony told the Associated Press on Tuesday. “Hopefully, we won’t have to take that route—coming over here.
“Hopefully, we have a season, but who knows. We shall see.”
The lockout has gotten extremely acrimonious in the past few days, with the NBA announcing Tuesday it had filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against the Players Association. A federal lawsuit in New York District Court was also filed.
Those actions have served to make an already uncertain NBA season look even more perilous.
FIBA announced Friday it had agreed to allow NBA players under contract to join overseas clubs during the current lockout.
That means if the situation isn’t resolved, Knicks fans hoping to see more of Anthony may need to redistribute money from courtside tickets to transcontinental airfare.
One way or another, Paul sounds like he’s making plans to return to China.
“We will be back soon, I hope,” he said.
Time will tell.