The official playing channels in China have been closed off to locked-out NBA players, as the Chinese Basketball Association blocked the signing of players under NBA contract for this season. But the long-rumored barnstorming tour of China might work around that. In a chat with SI.com's Zach Lowe, All-Star Kevin Love hints that news on the tour may be around the corner.
SI.com: You mentioned in a recent interview that you had heard about a possible barn-storming tour through China. Has anything further come of that? Is it developing, or was it just something someone mentioned to you at some point and that hasn't been brought up much since?
Love: Oh, it's very real. I can't put the specifics out there. But it's a fair amount of games in China for a very substantial amount of money. That's all I can tell you right now.
Not just a substantial amount of money: a very substantial amount. That's good news for the NBA stars who haven't signed in Europe already, which is to say it's good news for every NBA star but Deron Williams. Players who participated in a two-game exhibition set in the Philippines in early August reportedly pulled in good six-figure coin.