Two NBA East Conference sides
have said they are preparing to offer Chinese centre Wang Zhizhi re-entry into
the world's most popular basketball league.
Website Sina.com reports that the plans came about after Wang's super
performance at a Las Vegas tournament which pitted the Chinese national team
against several NBA sides.
Wang's broker is to come to China for negotiations with the Chinese
Basketball Association and Bayi Basketball Club, Wang's owner, over the deal,
the report said.
However, it declined to reveal which two teams have tendered the offers.
Wang was applauded as one of the few Chinese players who performed smoothly
at the tournament in Las Vegas, one that was also attended by the Memphis
Grizzlies, Sacremento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Boston
He topped three in-house statistic ladders: for scoring, rebounds and
Wang was picked by the Dallas Mavericks back in 2001 to become the first
Asian player to be successful drafted into the NBA. He then played successively
for the Los Angles Clippers and Miami Heat up until 2005.
But the player was kicked out of the Chinese national team in 2002 after
refusing to compete in the world championships and the Pusan Asian Games.
Wang was allowed to return to the national team in April of 2006 after
exerting considerable efforts and offering an unfeigned apology.