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Gilbert Arenas to Sign with Chinese Team

[caption id="attachment_16759" align="alignleft" width="145"]Gilbert Arenas Gilbert Arenas[/caption] Gilbert Arenas is on his way to join Tracy McGrady in China, according to sources close to the former All-Star. Sources on Monday confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report that Arenas is on the verge of signing a one-year deal with the Guangdong Southern Tigers. Earlier this month, after a similar struggle to secure a guaranteed contract in the NBA, McGrady agreed to join the Qingdao Eagles. ESPN.com reported late last month that Arenas had begun to assess his options in China for this season because he could not secure a guaranteed contract in the NBA.

Leandro Barbosa Signs with Boston Celtics

[caption id="attachment_16753" align="alignleft" width="145"]Leandro Barbosa Leandro Barbosa[/caption] The Boston Celtics added another versatile piece to their backcourt personnel Wednesday by signing veteran combo guard Leandro Barbosa, according to a league source. Barbosa will come to Boston on a veteran minimum contract. The Celtics have 17 players on their roster, including two camp invitees. The 6-foot-3 Barbosa has averaged 12.5 points and 2.4 assists over 24.6 minutes per game in his career and averaged 8.9 points in 22 games last season with the Indiana Pacers. He'll join a backcourt that already includes Jason Terry, Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, and Avery Bradley. ESPN.com

NBA Announces Flopping Fine System

[caption id="attachment_16747" align="alignleft" width="145"]Vlade Divac Vlade Divac[/caption] The NBA has announced a new policy for flopping. The league defines flopping as "any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player." Players will be given a warning for their first offense, followed by a $5k fine for their second offense, $10k for their third, $15k for their fourth and $30k for their fifth fine. For violations after the fifth incident, players can receive an increase fine and/or suspension. Real GM

Dwyane Wade Drops Jordan for Li-Ning

Dwyane Wade has departed from Jordan Brand for Li-Ning according to a source familiar with the situation, as well as Li-Ning sponsored basketball player Evan Turner, who tweeted a message welcoming D Wade to the brand. [caption id="attachment_16741" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Dwyane Wade Dwyane Wade[/caption] There had been much speculation that Wade would depart from the brand after news that he would not be debuting a new signature shoe. Wade’s landing at Li-Ning now leaves the Chinese brand with a growing roster of talented players in the NBA. HypeBeast.com