NBA grants one-time exception for NBA players to play in Asian Games
NBA.com Global on Aug 15, 2018 09:42 AM
FILE - BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 25: Jordan Clarkson #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes to the basket against the Brooklyn Nets on March 25, 2018 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA press release
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The National Basketball Association today announced that it has granted a special exception for NBA players to play in the 2018 Asian Games, permitting Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson, Houston Rockets center Zhou Qi, and Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang to represent their respective countries in this year's event.
The NBA's agreement with FIBA stipulates that NBA players can participate in the Olympics, the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Continental Cup competitions and associated qualifying tournaments. Because the Asian Games are not one of those competitions, NBA players under contract are unable to participate. However, due to a lack of clear communication of that agreement between the NBA and the Chinese and Philippines Basketball Federations, and after further discussions with both Federations, the NBA has agreed to provide this one-time exception.