The biggest hurdle for Guangdong to clear, though, is the same hurdle all Chinese teams face when trying to land NBA players: Stuckey would be unable to come back to the NBA until Guangdong’s season ends in the spring if he goes through with the deal.
If Stuckey elects to sign with the Tigers, he’d be obligated to stay with the Chinese team through the completion of the season in March even if the ongoing NBA lockout ends before that, thanks to rules instituted this season by the Chinese Basketball Association that prevent its teams from offering an in-season out to players signed away from the NBA.
Stuckey would join Denver Nuggets free agents J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin and Wilson Chandler as NBA players who have accepted deals in China that wouldn’t allow them to come back to the NBA should the lockout end. If Stuckey signs, this would obviously put a little more pressure on Brandon Knight to be an immediate impact player.
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