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    Andray Blatche says to his knowledge, Chinese club not barring him from rejoining Gilas

    Jul 29, 2015
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    ANDRAY Blatche told Basketball TV’s Jinno Rufino on Instagram that, to his knowledge, there is no truth to reports his club team in China will not release him to the Philippine team for the 2015 Fiba-Asia Championship.

    Blatche responded to Rufino’s inquiry on Instagram after the Manila Bulletin reported the Xinjiang Flying Tigers refused to give Blatche a release to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the upcoming Fiba-Asia Championship to be held in Changsha, China.

    “@draylive tell us this news ain’t true,” wrote Jinno Rufino.

    “it's not,” Blatche replied.

    “not that I heard of lol,” added the former Brooklyn Nets cager.

    The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) said on Tuesday they expect Blatche to honor the contract he signed to play for Gilas Pilipinas, after the naturalized Filipino played in the 2014 Fiba World Cup.

    The SBP is also expecting Blatche to arrive in the country next week to attend practices to begin preparation for the Fiba-Asia Championship.

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    “As early as last week, Butch Antonio (Gilas Pilipinas team manager) was already looking for a place na matitirhan ni Blatche,” SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said.

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