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Kenyon Martin Still Fighting With Chinese League Over NBA Return, According To Reports

Kenyon Martin's struggles to don an Atlanta Hawks jersey - or any from the NBA - aren't through yet. Tom Ziller profiles the messy break up between Martin and the Chinese Basketball Association, one that was thought to be over with when Martin's request to leave was met with no response by the CBA. That silence gave Martin the go-ahead to sign with a NBA team, at least according to FIBA (the international governing body of basketball... think the U.N. of hoops).

Now Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the CBA will fight Martin's move to leave, and the issue could complicate the ability for other American players stuck in China (like J.R. Smith) to get out early.

If Martin breaks free of the CBA, Ziller reports that there's a host of teams stateside willing to employ him:

The L.A. Clippers, Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks are reportedly top options for Martin, an experienced defender and former No. 1 pick. He has spent his entire NBA career with the New Jersey Nets and Nuggets.

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